Available at the orchard this week: Gala, Macoun, Spartan & Cortland.
(Empire could mature as early as this weekend – please call the orchard for the most up-to-date list of what’s ripe)
One of the most common questions we hear at our apple stand is “What’s the best cooking apple?” Our answer is “Any apple makes for a good cooking apple”! It’s true!
With the exception of Red Delicious, which is strictly a snacking apple, any of our varieties would work just fine in your pies, crisps, cobblers, breads and sauces. Sure, there might be a few qualities to consider: A firmer apple will hold its shape better in a pie and a tarter apple might be a better choice in recipes with added sugar. But don’t over think it!
In our homes, we simply use what we have on hand – more often than not it’s a mixture of varieties. Keeping that in mind, we’d like to share the “official” Taggart applesauce method!
- Gather your apples. This batch contained Gala, Macintosh, Ginger Gold, Cortland and Empire (whatever you have on hand).
- Peel, core and slice – no need to chop or dice!
- Place in a slow cooker.
- Heat on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
I prefer my sauce with a chunkier, rustic texture – I simply stir the cooked mixture with a spoon and call it a day. Alternatively, you could use a blender for a smoother puree. I typically keep mine sugar free but feel free to add sugar and/or cinnamon to taste. It’s ready to eat, store in the fridge or freeze!
Autumn is officially here! It’s time to embrace all things pumpkin spice, hot cider, fresh apple pie and homemade apple sauce (if you haven’t already, that is!).
Our apple barn, surrounded by fall color.
We’ve got all your apple needs covered! These varieties are available at the apple barn this week:
Jonagold – It’s back! Crisp, great for snacking and baking
Yellow (Golden) Delicious – juicy and sweet, a snacking favorite
Red Delicious – a beautiful apple, for snacking and salads
McIntosh – on the tart side, favored by bakers
Spartan – crisp and juicy, a McIntosh blend
Apples ripen on the tree.
Cider, local honey, jam, peanut brittle, pumpkin and apple butters are also available.
We encourage you to call ahead to inquire about up-to-date availability of your favorite variety or if interested in large quantities (bushel or more).
Many of our apple varieties will reach their peak over the next few weeks! Sunny days and cool nights have helped the ripening process. Autumn officially begins this week – a perfect time to make a trip out to the orchard!
Empire apples fresh off the trees.
This weekend we have Gala, McIntosh, Jonagold, Macoun and Empire apples. These are great eating and baking apples – Have a sample and find your favorite. Cider is also available.
In addition to apples, we have preserves, apple and pumpkin butter, local honey, peanut brittle, popcorn balls and cider. These make great gifts or treats for the ride back home!
Kermit and John load apples on the tractor for washing and sorting.
Many folks have been in asking for Yellow (Golden) Delicious – they are coming VERY soon!