Apples apples apples

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If you have been reading for a while you will know that we live close to an amazing orchard where we get most of our fruit from.  This time of year there is an abundance of apples, and when I was out there yesterday there were 10kg bags of ‘pink ladies’ for $10. These are one of my favourite apples and that is a serious bargain!

Pink ladies are lovely sweet tangy fruit which are delicious to eat and also make excellent cooking apples – no sugar is needed.  A few years ago I brought one of these apple peelers, which the kids love to use… It peels, slices and cores the apples in about 15 seconds. Even a three year old can use it:

While we are peeling I sit the apples in a bowl of water with a squeeze of lemon so they dont go brown. My handy helper and I then loaded up the dehydrator…

And filled a pot for some yummy stewed apple to have for dessert:

Actually one of my favourite things about the peeler is that it peels the skin off in one long piece (they are so pretty), and perfect for our worm farm.  I did take some photos to show you but they were a bit yucky to be fair!

Eight hours later we packed up two containers with dried apple, but I have to confess we have eaten one of these already.  The dehydrator is still out so Ill fill it up again this afternoon and this time make some to store for later! I picked up the dehydrator second hand some years ago for about $20 and I love to use it to make dried fruit.  Apples, strawberries, plums and feijoas are our favourite… I store the dried fruit in air tight containers in the freezer and there it stays happily until its all eaten (a ‘lost’ bag of feijoa lasted for over a year and was still perfectly delicious!).

Dried applesPS. Home dried fruit makes the most delicious bircher muesli!

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13 thoughts on “Apples apples apples

    Annette foster said:
    July 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Very interesting

    Alessandra said:
    July 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    yummy! yummy!! ;-D
    xxx Alesssandra

    youllfindmewhistling said:
    July 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    WOW! How awesome is that dehydrator? Pink Ladies are our favourite too & you are right $10 is a serious bargain!

    Joanne said:
    July 20, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Those peelings do look so pretty! I love pink lady apples, but they do tend to be the most expensive variety over here. About £3 a kilo in the supermarket!!
    That dehydrator is is a fantastic piece of kit!!

    Lily said:
    July 20, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Pink Lady are my Dad’s absolute favourite and he is very fussy when it comes to apples. What are feijoas? I have never heard of these. The fruit and veg in the UK is not great quality unless you live really near to a farm. Its expensive and tasteless alot of the time. Little Son is impressed you have a worm farm. i have promised him one when we move. Lily. xxx

      Janette responded:
      July 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Feijoas are a type of fruit… they are delish (and very popular in NZ)!! You can find out about them here. Jxx

        Janette responded:
        July 21, 2012 at 10:49 pm

        And do get a worm farm they are great!!

    Sarah - Crafts from the Cwtch said:
    July 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Yum! I totally need one of those peelers, I am so sick of being asked to peel apples!!!!!

    dane said:
    July 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    çe que tu prépare a l’ air bien appétissant , et le petit bout de chou a l’ air ravi aussi a bientôt biz et bon app

    Faith said:
    July 22, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Pink ladies are my hubby’s favourite…..I spend a small fortune buying them, and if I’m honest, it bothers me a bit, but then I remember that since starting dieting he really doesn’t eat anything too costly….how mean am I?!

    The peeler is great and I’ve said before how much I like your dehydrater thingy, what a good idea….I take it that it is electric? We haven’t had much success at growing anything this year, which are constant rain hasn’t helped….but despite that, the flowers have been glorious, so it hasn’t bothered them!

      Janette responded:
      July 23, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Yes the dehydrator is electric, the peeler is hand powered :)

    carine said:
    July 23, 2012 at 3:29 am

    I want to eat one of your dried apple slices ;)
    What is the brand of your dehydrator?

      Janette responded:
      July 23, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Trust me you couldn’t stop with one! It is an ezidry everyday food drier (well that’s what it says on the side!)

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