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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 »

The REAL way to do it…

So, this previous year I roomed with a girl who was of Polish decent, and she let me know I had been making pirogues wrong my entire life! Her mom came up to cook us a Polish feast one night, and I got quite the lesson.

The first mistake I’ve been making, pirogues aren’t meant to be solely boiled! Once they come out of the steaming water, the next step is to heat oil in a pan and put them in it. Once the first side is nice and crispy, flip it over & crisp up the other side!

Next comes the only thing that it must be accompanied with, fried apples and onions! Slice the apple nice and thin (I used Gala) and chop the onions.

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Add some more oil to the pan where the pirogues were just cooked (so the flavor carries over) and let them get soft & a little crisped.

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Once the “salad” (as it was referred to during the cooking process during the traditional dinner…) is prepared, put a nice helping of it on the plate and spread it out so it forms a layer on the bottom. Next, top it with your crisped pirogues.

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Now, make sure to get a bite of onions, apple, and pirogue all at once, and ENJOY! I cannot believe I have been doing this wrong my entire life, however, I am glad I was properly informed before it was too late!! Enjoy, and let us know what you think of this tasty new way to make this meal, or even if we’re just late to the game & this is how you’ve been doing it forever!

Once you’re done enjoying this tasty treat, head on over to our official RentanAppleTree.com website to order some of our delicious, Upstate NY apples and enjoy this dish all summer long!

 

Apple Chutney

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds tart green apples (such as Granny Smith), peeled, cored, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 10 large garlic cloves
  • 1 2-ounce piece fresh ginger, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups (packed) golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard seeds

Directions:

  1. Bring vinegar and sugar to boil in heavy large nonaluminum saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Toss apples and lemon juice in large bowl. Combine garlic, ginger, salt and red pepper in processor; blend until finely chopped. Add apple and garlic mixtures, raisins and mustard seeds to vinegar.
  3. Simmer until apples are tender and chutney thickens, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes. Place in bowl. Cool. Cover; chill. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Keep chilled.)

Apple Cinnamon Jam

Ok, so I tried the apple jam I posted about on here a few days ago! Here are some photos from the process:

IMG_8374This is what it looked like when I was boiling the liquid with the sugar added. I added a few diced apple pieces for extra flavor and decoration!

IMG_8371This is what the apple peel looked like once I had finished boiling it!! It was bright red when I began believe it or not!

IMG_8376Here is the finished product! Unfortunately, mine did not jell up quite as nicely as one would have hoped when looking for jelly. I think it might have had to do with my candy thermometer, I’m not sure it still works so well, so it is possible it did not reach all the way to 220F as is necessary.

Although the consistency was not what I might have hoped for entirely, the flavor is fantastic!! I added a spoonful of apple sauce to mine as well and some cinnamon just to jazz up the flavor. I’d hate for this to go to waste, so I’m coming up with a way I can still use what I created here!! Stay tuned to see how I put it to good use! In the meantime, head on over to RentanAppleTree.com to get some of your very own Rent an Apple Tree apples come harvest season!!

Tip to Tail

I was watching reruns of Iron Chef the other evening and I came across an interesting (& awesome) POV- Tip to Tail. The secret ingredient was salmon & one of the iron chefs decided to take the “nothing wasted” frame of mind about the challenge.

This got me thinking, everything about apples is awesome, & there is no good reason any bit should go to waste! For that very reason I searched the web high & low to bring you all the simplest, tastiest, jelly recipe I could find using (here’s the kicker!) apple peels and cores! It looks so good, I might just have to try it soon… Check it out-

Ingredients:

  • Cores and peels from 5 apples
  • Water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • Cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

  1. Put apple cores & peels in a pot with just enough water to cover them, bring to a boil, let boil for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain the large chunks with a colander so a sweet pink liquid is left.
  3. Poor back into pot with a  cup of sugar, bring to a boil and use a thermometer to let it reach 220F. *If you are choosing to make cinnamon apple jam, put the cinnamon in hear to taste*
  4. Pour into a jar & ta-da!!
  5. Enjoy your delicious, homemade jelly!

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

Hello Sunshine!! It is starting to get HOT here in Upstate NY, which means a couple of things- fresh apples are on the way, pool trips & bonfires are becoming more common, & air conditioners are going off! So, what to do when you are looking for a warm, gooey, apple crisp without heating up the entire house by turning on the oven? No worries, Rent an Apple Tree has the solution! Check out this delicious slow cooker apple crisp, which is sure to hit the craving-

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Mix dry pudding mix, 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Toss fruit with 1/4 cup butter in large bowl. Add pudding mixture; mix lightly. Spoon into slow cooker; cover with lid. Cook on LOW 4 to 6 hours (or HIGH 2 to 3 hours).
  2. Meanwhile, combine chopped wafers, nuts, remaining butter and sugar in shallow microwaveable dish. Microwave on HIGH 1 min.; stir. Microwave 1-1/2 to 2 min. or until golden brown, stirring every 30 sec. Cool.
  3. Sprinkle with nut mixture just before serving.’

Enjoy!

Kale-Apple Smoothie

Green is the color! With green smoothies, power greens, and Wheatgrass taking over lately, it’s only appropriate that apples get the recognition for being the superfood they are! Here’s an energizing smoothie to start your day (or end it! Blend with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to transform it to a sweet treat at the end of the day). Check it out-

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup chopped kale, ribs and thick stems removed
  • 1 small stalk celery, chopped
  • 1/2 banana
    ½ apple, chopped
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender or NutriBullet
  2. Blend until smooth and frothy

Enjoy! Let us know what you add to make this recipe your own at RentanAppleTree.com!


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