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Closed for the Season!

Crow Mountain Orchard will close for the season effective Monday, December 30. Happy New Year to all of our wonderful customers. We will see you next June.

Fried Apple Pies

Today a customer requested a recipe for fried apple pies.  I love making them, but don’t really follow a recipe. I did an internet search and found a good video and recipe from the Food Network that makes an easy version.

I know a lot of you southern cooks have your favorite recipes for fried pies. Please share your recipe in the “Comments” here.

I like to use a combination of Granny Smith or Jonathan apples with Golden Delicious. Dried apples are also good for making these pies. Sometimes I make my own crust instead of using the refrigerated flaky biscuits, but the biscuit dough makes it very easy. I know a lot of our customers use the refrigerated dough.

When my daughter, Jennifer, was in college at New York University, she often had apples and other fruit from Crow Mountain Orchard delivered by one of her grandmother’s friends. She would make a skillet of fried apples then use them as filling in a flour tortilla folded in half and fried in some butter to make an easy fried pie.

Dehydrating Apples and Pears

Canned tomato sauce

Canned tomato sauce, peaches, etc.

Dehydrated Food

Dehydrated Food

 

 

 

 

 

I like to preserve fruits and vegetables while they are in season, plentiful, nutritious, and a good value.  We can, dehydrate, and freeze food from our large garden and fruit I get from Crow Mountain Orchard.

Dried Pink Lady ApplesMy favorite way to store apples and pears is to dry them in my Excalibur 9-tray dehydrator.  I also dry peaches and berries.  They taste good as a snack, are healthy, and can be used for cooking.

 

Fried Apples

Fried Apples

I use them to make a skillet of fried apples, fried pies, and pie with no problem. They taste as good as fresh. My favorite way to use dried pears is mixed in with oatmeal or cereal. It tastes great and naturally sweetens the oatmeal.

 

Pears and lemon juice

Pears and lemon juice

When I dry apples and pears, I usually peel them and slice them fairly thin.  For the apples, I use a hand-cranked peeler/slicer.  I use apples that are medium size and firm. Large apples don’t fit well in the peeler.  Very ripe or softer apples don’t slice or peel well and get kind of mushy.  Most varieties of apples dry well.

Sliced Pears on Dehydrator Tray

Sliced Pears on Dehydrator Tray

After the fruit is sliced, I spray it with lemon juice or put it in a bowl with some water and lemon juice or Fresh Fruit to keep it from turning brown in the dehydrator.  I do not add sugar or salt to fruit when I dry it.

Dry it until the fruit is crisp.  If it is not dry enough, it may mold in storage and could be dangerous to eat.  If you bend a dried slice and it breaks in half, it is dry enough.

I store my dehydrated food in canning jars with a desiccant packet, and vacuum seal the jars using a FoodSaver.  There are many ways to store the dried fruit, but make sure it is protected from moisture and insects.

 

 

Carol Deutscher Passed Away

Carol Deutscher the year they bought the land in Alabama.

Carol Deutscher the year they bought the land in Alabama.

Saturday, March 30, one of the owners of Crow Mountain Orchard, Carol Deutscher, passed away at home surrounded by her family and friends following a long illness.  We miss my mother terribly.

Many of our customers remember the many years she worked 7 days a week at the counter in the sales room.

Fried Apples

Although I live in North Carolina, I try to visit the orchard and see my parents frequently.  Earlier this year.  I brought home some Jonathans, my favorite cooking apple.  I used a half-peck bag to make a large skillet of fried apples.  They are wonderful warm served over vanilla ice cream. They are also good in fried pies or even just spooned into a small flour tortilla, folded over and fried in a skillet with butter.

I melt 1/2 to 1 stick of butter in a large, heavy skillet. This can be reduced or eliminated by using some cider or apple juice. In a large bowl, I mix the apple slices with cinnamon and sweetener. My preference is a mix of white and brown sugar. When I am making it for just me and my husband, I use Splenda since we have to watch our sugar intake. I use Stevia for a lot of things, but it doesn’t work too well for these apples.

“Recipes” are back!

I know some of you have mentioned that you miss the recipes from the old website.  With some technical help from my husband, I was able to link to them from here.  You will find “Recipes” listed in the menu at the top of this website which will direct you to all the old recipes.