It’s ‘apple time of year!’ At my house, that means ‘Apple Weekend.’ While the kids were growing up we always had apple trees in our backyard. They’d help pick the fruit and then we’d have a weekend cook-out putting up our fruit. We made apple sauce, apple pie, and apple crisp. The weekend would always include a homemade pot of soup too.
I’ve never used a recipe because apples vary so much in sweetness and water content. It’s my cooking theory, “you’ve just got to taste it!”
My Must-have Supplies:
Apple-peeler-corer-slicer (This makes peeling and slicing quick and easy)
Zip Lock Freezer Bags, gallon size
A big, heavy stock pot
Adding lemon zest to pies makes them extra delicious.
Use Pillsbury Pie crust and pour the filling right in. Then freeze as many pies as you have room to store.
Add to the apples, white sugar, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, a pinch of salt, lemon juice, and water. Cook down on the stove top until tender. I like my applesauce a little chunky so I stir it while cooking instead of mashing it.
Nowadays, my apple weekends are not as crazy. I do a smaller volume. I love how the house fills with the sweet aroma of cooked apples and warms my heart and home.
You can create this family experience with your kids even if you don’t have apple trees. Look up local orchards in your area where you can pick your own fruit or call a local fruit stand to see if they have any fresh picked apples you can buy.
Apple Weekend is a sweet tradition. I hope you’ll try it!
There are so many variations on pie recipes; here are a few to try:
Perfect Apple Pie