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    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Dehydrator is full of apple slices

    I bought a half a bushel of Zestar! apples at the orchard last weekend
    for $10. I wondered why they had such pretty apples being sold as
    seconds -- it was because they were overripe. I took a bunch of the
    harder ones to work and ate them for lunches, but today I sliced and
    peeled all that were left, sulfured them, and loaded up the dehydrator.

    Applesauce might have been a better use for them, I don't know.

    I'll stop by the orchard on the way home from church tomorrow and eat a
    bunch of samples and drag home another huge bag of seconds. A different
    variety this time; maybe Haralson or Honeygolds.

    -Bob

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    Beti Guest

    Default Re: Dehydrator is full of apple slices

    On Oct 15, 5:56*pm, zxcvbob <zxcv...@charter.net> wrote:
    > I bought a half a bushel of Zestar! apples at the orchard last weekend
    > for $10. *I wondered why they had such pretty apples being sold as
    > seconds -- it was because they were overripe. *I took a bunch of the
    > harder ones to work and ate them for lunches, but today I sliced and
    > peeled all that were left, sulfured them, and loaded up the dehydrator.
    >
    > Applesauce might have been a better use for them, I don't know.
    >
    > I'll stop by the orchard on the way home from church tomorrow and eat a
    > bunch of samples and drag home another huge bag of seconds. *A different
    > variety this time; maybe Haralson or Honeygolds.
    >
    > -Bob


    For my birthday next weekend, my husband is driving us out to Hood
    River for their heirloom apple festival. Kiyokawa Family Orchards in
    particular have about a dozen different varieties. I have to do a
    little reading beforehand to find out the best varieties for keeping
    our newly set up root cellar (aka the spare room).

    This year I'm making applesauce for the first time. I thought I'd try
    a few jars each of several different varieties but I don't know if the
    differences will be evident after cooking (other than varying degrees
    of sweetness). I've seen Zestar apples at the farmers markets but I
    don't think I've tried them. Are they sweet or tart? For fresh
    eating, I really like Honeycrisp. Those might make good applesauce
    and butter but they are so good fresh, it seems a shame to cook them.
    I'll try them out the root cellar and if they start to shrivel, turn
    them into sauce or maybe fruit leather.

    Beti


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    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Re: Dehydrator is full of apple slices

    Beti wrote:
    > On Oct 15, 5:56 pm, zxcvbob <zxcv...@charter.net> wrote:
    >> I bought a half a bushel of Zestar! apples at the orchard last weekend
    >> for $10. I wondered why they had such pretty apples being sold as
    >> seconds -- it was because they were overripe. I took a bunch of the
    >> harder ones to work and ate them for lunches, but today I sliced and
    >> peeled all that were left, sulfured them, and loaded up the dehydrator.
    >>
    >> Applesauce might have been a better use for them, I don't know.
    >>
    >> I'll stop by the orchard on the way home from church tomorrow and eat a
    >> bunch of samples and drag home another huge bag of seconds. A different
    >> variety this time; maybe Haralson or Honeygolds.
    >>
    >> -Bob

    >
    > For my birthday next weekend, my husband is driving us out to Hood
    > River for their heirloom apple festival. Kiyokawa Family Orchards in
    > particular have about a dozen different varieties. I have to do a
    > little reading beforehand to find out the best varieties for keeping
    > our newly set up root cellar (aka the spare room).
    >
    > This year I'm making applesauce for the first time. I thought I'd try
    > a few jars each of several different varieties but I don't know if the
    > differences will be evident after cooking (other than varying degrees
    > of sweetness). I've seen Zestar apples at the farmers markets but I
    > don't think I've tried them. Are they sweet or tart? For fresh
    > eating, I really like Honeycrisp. Those might make good applesauce
    > and butter but they are so good fresh, it seems a shame to cook them.
    > I'll try them out the root cellar and if they start to shrivel, turn
    > them into sauce or maybe fruit leather.
    >
    > Beti
    >


    This is the first time I've tried Zestar! (I'm pretty sure the
    exclamation point is part of the name) and they taste a lot like
    Honeycrisp, but they obviously don't keep as well.

    One of the good things about Honeycrisp is it stores extremely well --
    especially for an early-season apple.

    Bob

  4. #4
    grant Guest

    Default Re: Dehydrator is full of apple slices

    On Sat, 15 Oct 2011 23:09:51 -0700 (PDT), Beti <[email protected]> wrote:

    >For my birthday next weekend, my husband is driving us out to Hood
    >River for their heirloom apple festival. Kiyokawa Family Orchards in
    >particular have about a dozen different varieties. I have to do a
    >little reading beforehand to find out the best varieties for keeping
    >our newly set up root cellar (aka the spare room).


    If you find them, Arkansas Black, are a long keeping apple, suitable for
    baking/cooking/drying. They need some time in storage before they are
    usable (too hard and green after picking).


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