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Rent an Apple Tree

Are you searching for the perfect gift for a great gift for the upcoming holidays, or perhaps a birthday or anniversary? Or, maybe you have always wanted your own apple tree, but More »

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Growing Apples

Part of the pleasure of growing apple trees on your own property derives from biting into freshly-plucked fruit. So getting a bumper crop from your orchard in fall, eating a few of More »

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Apple Orchard takes a bite at Organic

PLEASANT MOUNT – An apple orchard on a Wayne County farm predating the Civil War may find new life as an organic operation. “You take a chance with any agriculture,” said Dolores More »

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Growing Apples: Pollination

While I am, indeed, recommending the staggered approach, I must emphasize that by no means do I suggest you should be growing apple trees of just one variety per season. Rather, you More »

Wait, apples can do what?

We all know apples are crisp, tasty, and hit the spot almost every time (regardless of what ‘the spot’ is!), but, we here at Rent an Apple Tree bet these are some new ways you hadn’t thought of!

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  1. Keep Baked Goods Fresh! Putting a baked good in an air tight container with half of an apple can help keep it moist and prevent drying out because of the moisture given off by apples.
  2. Soften Brown Sugar! Another benefit to apple-provided moisture, no more brown sugar bricks!
  3. Lung health? Its been suggested that apples contain certain phytochemicals that aid in lung health
  4. Ripen Other Fruits! Apples naturally emit a gas known as ethylene, which speeds up the ripening process of fruits. Put other, unripe fruits in a paper bag with an apple or two, and watch them ripen right up!
  5. Ease Migraines? Some studies have shown that the smell of green apples can decrease the duration and severity of migraines.

Well if those reasons aren’t proof that apples are well on the way to becoming recognized as super fruits then I don’t know what will! 

So, the next time you’re looking for a gift for someone, RentanAppleTree.com can help you get them a kitchen tool, health helper, and tasty snack all in one! Head on over to our official website to get your order in!

More Winter…

Well (as many of us up north could already tell…), winter is not quite over yet. BUT- if you’re like me, that isn’t a sad fact! In the winter I like to live off of warm apple cider, tea, and soup. A couple more weeks of that? Sign me up! More time for more recipes, and a longer wait until we have to prune the trees in the Rent an Apple Tree orchard! In the meantime, however, cuddle up with a good book and a crock of this Butternut Squash and Apple Soup! Check it out:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion (about 1/2 large onion)
  • 1 large garlic clove, smashed and peeled
  • 1 1/3 cups cubed peeled Braeburn apple
  • 1 1/4 pounds cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus pinch
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups fat-free, less sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche, for garnish

Directions:

1. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic and apple; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add squash and next 4 ingredients; stir 30 seconds or until well-combined. Add broth, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 20 minutes or until squash and vegetables are tender.

2. Place half of squash mixture in blender with 1/4 cup evaporated milk. Remove center of blender lid (to let steam escape); secure lid. Place clean towel over opening to avoid splatters; blend until smooth. Pour into bowl. Repeat with remaining squash and evaporated milk.

3. Spoon 1/2 cup soup into small bowl or mini pumpkin*. Swirl in 3/4 teaspoon crème fraîche, if desired. Serve immediately.

*A little swirl of pumpkin seed oil is also a tasty topper… Give it a try!

Enjoy!

Grilled Cheese and Apple Sandwich with Sriracha Butter

First of all, who doesn’t love sriracha? Sriracha mayo on sushi, peanut and sriracha noodles… It has yet to disappoint! We here at RentanAppleTree.com predict that this sandwich will be no different, but you should try it for yourself- just in case!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon softened butter, plus more for the bread
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 4 slices of bread
  • Cheese (I like cheddar and parmesan but think brie would be delicious as well)*
  • ½ an apple, cored and sliced

Directions:

  1. Mix together the 1 tablespoon of butter with the sriracha in a small bowl.
  2. Butter one slice of bread with sriracha butter. Add cheese, apple slices and more cheese. Top with the other piece of bread.
  3. Butter the outside of each slice of bread.
  4. Heat a small frying pan over medium/low heat. Add sandwich and cover. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until the cheese is melted and the bread is brown.
  5. Enjoy!

Let us know what you think!

Spinach & Green Apple Salad

Looking for a quick and easy last minute SuperBowl snack? We’ve got you covered! Seahawks and Patriots fans alike will love this crisp and flavorful salad! The best part? It’s super simple! Check it out:

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Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground pepper
5 ounces baby spinach leaves (about 5 cups lightly packed)
1 Granny Smith apple
1/3 cup walnut pieces, toasted in a dry skillet over a medium-high flame until fragrant, about 2 minutes

Directions:

1. In a small bowl whisk together the oil, vinegar and mustard. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. Toss the spinach with the dressing until evenly coated then divide the spinach among 4 serving plates.

3. Core the apple and slice it into matchsticks. Sprinkle a quarter of the apple pieces on top of each salad. Follow with the walnut pieces. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!!

Hot Cinnamon Apple Smoothie

So, I have been on a health kick these past few months and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon! I’m not a huge coffee drinker, so a little hack that I’ve found to make it a little more palatable is a dash of cinnamon in the mornings! This got me thinking about cinnamon and its metabolic effects on the human biology- and, as it turns out, cinnamon is pretty helpful!

Now, what is a health kick without apples? Lucky for you, RentanAppleTree.com has you covered there! Here’s the best part – apples and cinnamon are made for one another! Pair both of their health benefits and it’s a wonder why you wouldn’t make this pairing a daily ordeal! Check this recipe from Clean Cuisine and More out:

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Ingredients:

1 apple, cored and cut into large chunks (leave the skin on)
¼ cup black or yellow raisins
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons raw pecans

Directions:

  1. Place the apple chunks, raisins, cinnamon, and ¼ cup water in a small saucepan and heat over medium high for about 6 minutes, or until water boils and apples soften. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the apples cool for 2 to 3 minutes (see warning below)
  2. Add the apple-raisin mixture to a high-speed blender. Add the pecans and ¾ cup warm water. Process on high for 1 minute, until smooth and creamy. Pour into a coffee mug and drink warm.

Enjoy!!

Apple-Maple French Toast

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Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon
  • 6 slices bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus more for serving
  • 3 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla, and a pinch of ground cinnamon in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Add the bread in a single layer, turning until all the egg is absorbed.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter, and add apples, stirring to coat until starting to caramelize. Add the water, cooking until water has evaporated and apples are tender, about 4 minutes.

  3. Pour in the maple syrup and a dash of ground cinnamon; simmer for a minute to combine.

  4. In a large, heated nonstick skillet, melt about 1 tablespoon butter and saute the soaked bread until golden brown on each side, about 4 minutes. Place French toast on a plate and top with apple-maple mixture, plus more butter if you’d like!


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