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February 05, 2013


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I make apple pies all the time with dried apples!! My Aunt used dried apples so when I was a young married, I began to do the same, others just don't taste the same. Thanks for all the memories. :-)

Sounds lovely! I remember going to our dad's hunting camp. We kids had a great time there running wild and exploring, but I bet our mom was fairly bored with no tv and no phone (and no indoor plumbing - LOL). I do remember her sweeping and sweeping and sweeping, and saying she could never really get the place clean, when it looked clean enough to the rest of us. Hey! It was a hunting camp. LOL

God bless.


I love to dry apples and make the jelly too..

Do you can apple sauce?
Do you make apple butter? I love apple butter! Mix with a little peanut butter for a sandwich...or on hot biscuits...I have also made fried pies using apple butter.
My grandmother would attach a good clean sheet on her quilting frames...(the old timey ones with the little nail tacks to roll the quilt with) put her sliced apples on it spreading them out...The quilting frame hung from the ceiling on four ropes at the corners..The bedroom she used for drying faced East, it was quite warm upstairs in the late summer and fall. She would hoist that frame back up to the ceiling about two feet from the top...
It didn't take long for those apples to dry. I remember being there one day when Mom helped her in stirring the apples around and hoisting it back up...I had never seen so many apple slices in my life...The next time I visited we went upstairs took down the apples, put them in brown pokes, (paper bags) and tied them up...
She put some in jars to use sooner, storing in the cabinets..the rest hung from a line in the empty room...
She made fried pies, pies, stack cake, apple cakes and fritters...just about anything you can make with a regular apple you can make with dried...
Thanks Tipper,
PS...She was a apple jelly maker and apple butter maker too...

That first picture of you peeling an apple made my mouth water...I swear I could smell that tangy fresh apple smell!
I've never bothered with lemon juice, and I like thicker, chewy slices for cooking with and for nibbling, and thin crispy slices for nibbling also. I just plain love dried apples!
Looking forward to hearing about the cores and peels :)

I've never been to deer camp, but your story makes me want to put it on my bucket list. Apples, book, guitar. Yep, I want to go to deer camp!

Cheryl-I hope to make a stack cake real soon!!

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Hey Tipper: Your apple peeling trip seems just about right! For me a Granny Smiith apple cooked in the micro-wave for one minute is my favorite healthy snack in the winter time.

Eva Nell

I cut my apples in circles and strung them like beads on a wooden dowel and dried them in the door way peel and all. To store them I put them in a paper sack and looped a cord around the top. They now hang from a nail in by the wood stove. At first glance it kind of looks like a big hornets nest. I think my Grandpa would be proud.

Do you make stack cakes with your apples? My sister, Trina Hannah, learned to make them from her elderly neighbor. I only got to taste it once, but it was really good.

Granny spread the apple slices on clean bed sheets on the porch roofs. There were porches on three sides of her old log house. She didn't worry about the slices turning brown either. I'm not sure how she kept them, but I know she didn't put them in the freezer.

I love dried apples in my morning oatmeal. I try to dehydrate a batch every year just for that purpose. My grandkids love apple chips coated with a layer of sugar and cinnamon.

I've never done anything with
apples, especially drying them out
to preserve 'em. But one of my
favorite things to bake is an apple pie. I can remember my dad's
mom (that grandma) peeling apples
and slicing them for drying. She
had a long table outside just for
that, never thought about what she
doing with so many apples. I was
too little to use a knife so I got
to rock the turkeys. Had to quit
that soon as I got a good floggin.

Mom used to dry her fruit and vegetables placed on a cloth and spread out on a metal roof or the hood of a car. She dried cushaw and then fried it during the winter. I remember it tasting so different when it was dried. It was a special treat when eaten as a snack right out of the bag.

I froze about a bushel of apples this summer. The apples were yellow delicious and they were the best I've had in a long time. We purchased them from an orchard in Ohio. I wish I would have saved the peels and cores. I'm pretty sure I know what you did with yours and I really should have done the same with mine!

I loved seeing photos of the deer camp and hearing about your apples. Made me want one of Mama's fried pies. They were the best. One time before dehydrators Mama put apple slices on trays in the back window of her car. I guess she thought the heat in the car would dry them faster. Once was enough cause she had to remove them for every trip she took!

I love dried apples. My mother could make the best fried apple pies out of them! I bet I know what you did with the peelings and the cores, because my mother used to do it. Is that where the jelly comes from?

I love this post, as it gives me ideas. It reminds me of statements from my Mom growing up. "Waste not want not" comes to mind. Also, my Mother often told of her Mother gently scolding them when they complained of endless farm chores. Grandma would say, "It'll taste better than a snowball." Another story told to me was they had a small apple orchard and would have to eat the apples first that were starting to spoil, and then they could eat the good ones. Feeding all those children during the depression was a real feat. I never experienced the depression, but was totally brain-washed by the experiences of my Mother and her siblings.
I never seem to have enough hours in the summertime, and truly admire your time management. I would have more time if I gave up The Blind Pig, but I am not going to do that..too helpful, enjoyable, and uplifting to my soul. Thanks to you, Tipper, and I also truly enjoy the posts of your other readers.

Your apple drying reminded me of a summer when my husband and I took our teenage boy and girl along with one of their friends on vacation to lake Santa Fe in Florida. I loaded up the carin S.E. Georgia with my huge pressure canner and baskets overflowing with red juicy tomatoes. (actually I think we were driving a van at that time) There was a large wooden porch where I could singly lay out all of the tomatoes. As enough would ripen for a canner full, I would leave the fun of the water and get to my task of canning these delicious fruits. I haven't been on water skis in a long time, nor have I canned any tomatoes, but I would welcome the opportunity.

Can't wait to hear the rest of the story. I like fried apple pies like my Mother made. A special treat.

Tipper, that looke like fun to me. Dear Camp and apples go together splendidly in my mind. Read a little, peel a few apples, a good way to pass a day.
Do you ever cook the dired apples and make fried pies or an old timey stack cake. I have to admit, I've never in my life made a stack cake. I've heard lots about them from people older than me but I've never made one.

I was wondering what you did with the peelings. I await tomorrow. I really enjoyed drying my apples; I also did straberries. They did get a bit crisp, but for me it satisfied my crisp urge. I am sad that I got rid of my dehydrator. I might just look for another one. What a great snack!

Dried apples are my favorites. Such good memories come with yours.

I love that little dog on the porch! Looks like the one in the snow a few days ago.

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