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October 20, 2012


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i rember dried apples years ago when i was a young boy dont see them any more around here nice healthy snack thanks

This is one of the things I miss most about the mountains...fresh pick your own apples.

I used to help my Nanny dry apples - on screens on the sunporch or in the car window.

I love the cooked apples - just on toast - but some fried pies would be just about right now too.

Delores-thank you for sharing your memories of dried apples! You can go here: http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com/blind_pig_the_acorn/2010/03/folk-dancing-in-brasstown.htmlto see what contra dancing is : )

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I make apple butter and applesauce, but haven't dried any. Growing up, my parents took us off to the orchard to pick apples. We loved climbing the trees and eating the apples right off the trees. I think we ate as many as we picked!

Top of the wood stove on a cookie sheet is perfect for drying apples. I did that last Christmas because I wanted to make a stack cake and I was told that dried apples were more flavorable that just cooking them. I found that to be true.

I haven't dried any fruit for a long time, so now you have tempted me to try your method. I have used apples, cut up, skinned, and a bit of lemon juice, put them in a crock pot with a bit of honey and cinnamon. They would cook on low for six hours, maybe seven if I forget about them. They come out like the apples served in some restaurants. I do this especially if the apples have gotten old. I think it brings back their flavors.
Liked the picture of Chitter or was it Chatter trying to catch up.

Drying Apples brought back memories to me of going to my parents home in Mississippi and seeing many large tables filled with apples drying in the sun. They used large pieces of what looked to be like tin. My mother would keep the dried apples in large glass jars and make fried pies like Lonnie D described in his comment. She made the best fried pies I have ever tasted. They were fried in the old cast iron skillet. Just thinking about them makes me hungry for one. Thanks for bringing these memories back. Now, what is Contra Dancing? Looks like she got a lot of good exercise.

Totally enjoyed hearing you on the radio. And now I am wondering when you will have your own radio show. That is a really good idea.

We went to the u pick orchard today & I had a happy thrill when I saw your post title today. It's supposed to be a warm week & we've been trying the drying method this year. It's worked great w/ our zucchini, basil & garlic, we're trying our hand at curing the sweet potatoes right now. I plan on just dropping the apples in lemon water for the browning.

I went by the bank to see about a loan to buy some apples to make apple butter. They are from 30 to 60 dollars a bushel this year. I haven't even seen any "deer apple" signs this year. They are probably making juice out of every thing that's not perfect.
All y'all don't forget the radio show. It's at 5:00 PM!

My Mom used to dry apples using sulfur, they called it bleaching, it made the finest fried pies and Apple Stack Cakes that you could wrap your tongue around.

We've been drying lots of wild apples, finding them in one spot that seemed to have been protected from the late frosts earlier this year. I use wild vs free, but I mean the same by it:) We use our dried apples for snacking and on hikes, good stuff. We also don't care if they brown, and we also keep the peel...good roughage:)

Best wishes tonight, I am sure you will be fantastic!

Hi Tipper,
Dried apples are good. I also used to make my own trail mix and homemade yogurt. I haven't done either in years, it's time a person gets back to basics. That way they know just WHAT they are eating also.
Maybe you could post your apple butter recipe, it's a favorite for many.
Thank you...Angie in N.B.

One of these days she's gonna sooo get even with you! Those dried apples sure do bring back memories!

Both of my grandmothers dried apples for winter use. Fruit was at a premium in the winter. One of my grandmothers would make fried apple pies. She would roll out dough about the size of a saucer and put a large spoonfull of apples in the center and fold over into a half circle and crimp down the round edges with her finger and fry the pies. Really tasted great. I suspose that they used lard or Crisco because it seemed that was what they always used. Sometime they would take what we called fatback or the fat meat off of the hog and fry it real good and crispy to get all of the grease out and use that. I loved eating the crispy remains. I also remembered them making sugar syrup and having that for breakfast when we would eat that with biscuts. Half sugar and half water and cook until it turns into a syrup.

I remember when you first posted the picture of her sleeping. It reminds me of sleeping on pallets at Mamaw's house. Isn't the fall weather just beautiful? Down here it's just now getting cool at night- still hot in the day. Ya'll be blessed!

Mom used to dry her apples by threading them on a string and hanging them behind the stove pipe. They made the best apple pies!
I hope you have a relaxing and peaceful weekend. I doubt it will be very peaceful if The Sleeping Beauty finds out you posted her picture here. LOL!

I am ready for drying apples and then some potatoes. I plan to start on the apples the first of next week, so I am off to Ellijay or some local market to find some. I don't have a free source either :( I love to dry foods! So much easier than other methods. What does Miss Cindy put in her trail mix? Yes, that is a recipe request - pretty please? I have never made my own.

When I was younger, I would frequently see apple slices like yours laid out on bed sheets on the hood of the car in the yard at the country houses. Your picture of the apples looks like apples that my dad grew when I was a kid. The trees are gone now and I have wondered what variety they were. They would have been excellent for drying. They were hard as a rock. You picked them up off the ground when they fell from the tree. They were very sour. I would cut of slices with a knife and eat them. I would also feed them to Dad's cows. The cows loved them.

I'm looking for apples too. nn ;-)

I've never tried drying, but it makes more sense than any other method for simple living (voluntary or otherwise).

I like dried apples, but have never tried making my own.

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