Friday, October 9, 2009


Exchange at the farmers market last week:

Me: (picking through apples on display, filling two baskets with them)

Fruit Guy: I also have a different variety in the truck, which I'm only supposed to sell by the crate because they were picked a week ago, but I'll give you a few if you want.

Me: Well, how much is a crate?

Fruit Guy: $4

Me: For a whole crate?? (Regaining haggling composure, resetting poker face) Ahem, how much can you do for two baskets and a crate?

Fruit Guy: Eh, I'd take $6 for all of it.

Me: (Screw haggling!) OKAY! Sold!

Moral of the story: In upstate New York, in the fall, they are practically giving apples away.

So on Wednesday when I went to Boyfriend's mom's house with his two sisters for our weekly "Craft Night," I brought the crate of apples (and an extra bag full). We peeled and chopped all of them (and I almost sliced the top of my thumb off). Then we put them in a huge stock pot with about an inch of apple cider covering the bottom. We cooked them down a little, added a cup or so of brown sugar, cooked them down a little more, added cinnamon, nutmeg, and a few tablespoons of lemon juice, remembered to add a pinch of salt, and eventually...we had apple sauce!

Boyfriend's mom let it keep simmering on the stove after we left. The plan was to put it in jars for each of us, but I'm not sure whether she decided to go through the whole canning process and seal them. It will probably get eaten too quickly to be worth it.

Next week: grape juice!


  1. The huge amount of summer rain has been tremendous for apple orchards. I'm curious, about how many apples to a crate?

  2. I have a great recipe for apple butter if you'd like it. Wonderful on toast, biscuits etc.Loyce

  3. I'd estimate 80-100 apples in a crate. They're a bit smaller than the supermarket versions though.

  4. Apple Butter

    6lbs. tart apples, peeled,quartered and cored
    cook these with a little water(maybe 1/4 cup)til soft. Process til smooth.

    Add: 2 to 3 cups sugar depending on how sweet you like things

    1 1/2 tsp.cinnamon
    1/2 tsp.ground cloves

    Stir all together and put in crockpot with no lid on low for 8 to 10 hours until it is nice and thick. Enjoy on fresh biscuits or toast. This can be canned, frozen or refrigerated.