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Friday, March 6, 2015

Sleeping It Off and Dehydrating Apples


The raspberries are still not dehydrated. So, 24 hours is too long for me to wait. I am going to put them into some yogurt, let them sit, and eat later. They have a different look and feel when compared to other dehydrated food. The outside appears exactly the same on most of them. However, the little round lobes on raspberry are empty and papery, but not shrunken. The insides of the lobes are empty but look full. Strange. It seems all the flavor is concentrated on the side touching the mesh, like it pooled there as it left the upper lobes. Only a few actually "melted." These dehydrated ones might make delicious powder for raspberry tea. Maybe I can put a few dehydrated ones in cereal and see how I like that.

No, I am not drinking and sleeping it off. But, I have gotten rid of the fever. My throat is still a bit sore. I started getting ill when I slept in the too-warm apartment last weekend. I cannot sleep in a warm room without becoming ill!

Apples are on sale for $0.99/lb. this week. I eat Red Delicious. What apple would be best to dehydrate for eating out of hand or putting in pies or cakes when rehydrated?

My very first daffodil bloomed in February and survived snow and ice. I forgot to cover the tulips and forgot to look and see how they fared. But, if they were covered with snow and ice, I suppose they did not get too cold.

Your turn
What kind of apples are best for pies? Do you have flowers blooming yet?

18 comments:

  1. Bramley Seedlings, absolute best for apple pies.

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    1. PhilipH,
      Never heard of those. thanks.

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    2. Bramley's Seedlings are large green cooking apples which are usually the only apple used for apple pies in the UK, both domestically and commercially. It is a tart flavour, too tart to eat uncooked. English orchards are the only producers of this species. Lovely grub, as we say in England. Hope you are doing a lot better today.

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    3. PhilipH,
      Thanks for the explanation. I wondered why I had never heard of them. Feeling much better, thank you.

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  2. Macintosh are good for pies, and Granny Smiths are nice and tart.

    Glad you are feeling a little better. Everything still covered in snow here, so no flowers, not even gardens to see!! Snowing again today, but only supposed to get around an inch.

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    1. Gill,
      I have used Granny Smith. I have heard Macintosh were good. Thanks.

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    2. Hopefully, the snow is gone for the year.

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  3. I love using Granny Smith for Apple pies.
    Hope this weather clears up for you. It's definately been crazy.

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    1. Michelle,
      It is already 45 F at 9:30 am.

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  4. No flowers except the citrus trees are blooming and smell wonderful and my first tomato is turning red, should be ready to eat in about 3 days.
    Hope winter is over for you and with spring temps hope there is no flooding.

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    1. Bellen,
      Tht must be wonderful scent! Oh, fresh tomatoes! I can taste those.
      We are not prone to any flooding in the spring. There is nothing to melt. Most of the bad flooding has been in the winter here.

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  5. We still have massive piles of snow. It's still yucky. I wish we had flowers blooming.
    I like Granny Smith apples for the dehydrator. The others are a bit too sweet but then its just me. Den like any red apple over the Granny.

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    1. Sonya Ann,
      There is still snow in my yard, but not piles. Hmmm, I have never dehydrated Granny Smith.

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  6. No offense, but I consider Red Delicious an abomination. When I lived in New England, I was MacIntosh devotee. Now I like Fuji and Braeburn. One of our several trees is Fuji. I had no idea how bountiful apples were here in the PNW. I thought New England had the corner on apples, but no. WA is the apple capital! Trees are everywhere.
    For pies, I prefer any of the more tart (or is it tarter) varieties.
    Feel better. Spring is coming!

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    1. meg,
      That means more Red Delicious for me. Sweet, crunchy and delicious! I have always thought of Washington as apple country. I have read recommendations on the internet, but I wanted to see what people actually use for pies and like.

      Of course, I don't use Red Delicious for pies. Either is correct. "more tart" sounds better to me.

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  7. I am with Meg B. I loathe Red Delicious. Fuji, Braeburn and Jazz apples for me. Orange in the Central West of NSW grows some amazing apples - despite the name of the city.

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  8. EC,
    So, more Red Delicious for me. "Orange" threw me. Thanks.

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  9. I am also a huge fan of red delicious. More for me, too.
    Patti from CA

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