We still have lots of apples still to choose from out here on the farm.
Lots of Pink Lady, Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Gold Rush, Rome, Cameo and some Melrose if you walk to the far south of the row.
We are guessing apples will be available until sometime around Thanksgiving.
I will have to say I am impressed with you guys. Last weekend, it was RAINING, and you guys still came out! A tad crazy I think you all are, but very impressed with the way you just come out and get your picking done. A brave soul our customers are :)
But the good news is.......This weekend looks like GREAT weather! Sunny and mild. Thank goodness for that!
I have been playing around with dehydrating apples. It was my first time and I was surprised how easy it was!
If you are interested in drying apples, here is how I did it:
I decided to experiment with many of the different kinds of apples to see if each variety made a big difference in flavor, how long they took to dry, etc.
First I used my apple peeler/corer to skin and core my apples. Plus it cuts the apples into even slices. Very important when you are drying apples because you want the slices to dry at the same rate. You could do thicker slices too if you were cutting by hand, just try to make the all about the same size. 1/8-1/4" slices are best.
From the directions, it seemed like it was saying I could use the bottom base tray (the one without slots), to dry apples on too. I don't know I will anymore because they always seem WAY less dry than the other trays.
Once the apples are dried, store them in ziploc plastic bags. You can put them in the freezer or just on your kitchen shelf for 6-9 months. You can also rehydrate the apples to use in muffins, oatmeal, etc by soaking the apple slices in water anywhere from an hour to 2 hours. Something to experiment with!
There were differences in the apple varieties. I liked all of them for sure. Even better is mixing them all up and putting them in a bag and getting a surprise.
The Fuji, Braeburn, Gala, Jonagold and Ruby Jon had a milder flavor. The Pink Lady, Granny Smith and Gold Rush had a bit more kick which I liked. I think my overall favorite was Pink Lady. It had the most flavor of them all...a tiny bit of tart zing with a mild sweet background flavor. My husband would say Fuji was his favorite.
If you don't have a dehydrator, I was reading online that you can also dry apples in the your oven. The slices dried the fastest when you put them on a cookie sheet rack, rather than straight on the cookie sheet but both would work. (You will need to flip the slices if you put them on a cookie sheet) Set the oven temperature to the lowest heat setting, put in your apples. Some websites say to close the oven door, some say to leave it slightly open and blow a fan into the oven. The fan method is said to dry the apples in 2-3 hours and the closed door method is said to take 10-20 hours. Seems like a big difference, not sure what to believe. But either way, it is nice to know you don't have to invest in a dehydrator if you don't want to!
If you are a dehydrating veteran and have anything you can teach us, or have a tip or a correction, please leave a comment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to us at the farm!