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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 04:26 PM
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anything wrong with using apples that half-froze on the tree to make applesauce?
There's a crop of goldrush apples hanging on the tree still. I know that when we had a cold spell for a couple of days they got a bit of freeze. But they are still firm mostly, and I'd like to make some applesauce with them to use them up.

Shouldn't be a problem. Right?
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 04:27 PM
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1. Thaw them first.
Seriously, they should be just fine. The only thing the frost would have damaged is the texture, and cooking would do that anyway.
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 04:28 PM
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2. you might want to try a sample batch first
not sure if the freezing would affect that flavor or not

the texture of the apples won't matter-freezing screws with texture of fruit and whatnot

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Cirque du So-What Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 04:30 PM
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3. I see absolutely nothing wrong with that! N/T
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 04:36 PM
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4. I used to peel,slice and freeze apples all the time.
Made applesauce,apple crisp,and apple pie out of them.
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DoBotherMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 04:41 PM
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5. I made this fabulous apple butter recipe
It took two days in a crockpot and you will need a food mill, but the results were worth it. It was very easy, just a lot of pot watching. Dana ; ) http://baking.about.com/od/flavoredbutter1/r/applebutte...
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 04:49 PM
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6. I love apple butter
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DoBotherMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 07:46 PM
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9. This was delicious
Edited on Wed Dec-08-10 07:48 PM by DoBotherMe
I added maple syrup for another flavor dimension. The long, slow cooking caramelizes the apple mixture. All the family are getting some for xmas gifts. Dana ; )
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 08:04 PM
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10. Great idea!
I'm making baked, flavored nuts for the holidays. It's so easy that I can't resist. But the apple butter also sounds easy in the slow cooker. Do you need to give it the water bath or just keeping them in the fridge?

:hi:
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DoBotherMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 09:42 PM
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11. It can be canned or frozen
Edited on Wed Dec-08-10 09:47 PM by DoBotherMe
Or just refrigerated. The batch I took to thanksgiving was eaten that day, 8 ozs between six adults. We ate it like a sauce, putting it on everything! My jar only lasted a week. Dana ; )
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 10:01 PM
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12. Sounds like your family loved it!
I've used apple butter on a chicken I'm roasting.

But my fave is on toast with cream cheese and a cup of coffee.

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japple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 05:03 PM
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7. Gold Rush apples are very hardy. They might still be okay, but
if they are too mushy, I'd just make applesauce and freeze or can it. These are my favorite apples. They are the last ones picked and they last forever. Even if the skins are wrinkled, the fruit is still firm and sweet.
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 05:15 PM
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8. Short answer: Should be fine.
For a longer answer, you may want to check out DU's
"Cooking and Baking" forum:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

But even if much discussion ensues, I'm pretty sure the
answer will still be "Should be fine" ;).

And if you juice the apples into cider, let the cider ferment,
and then freeze-out most of the water, the liquid that's
left will be "apple jack". Along similar lines, see:

http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/orchard+cloud+...

Tesha
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arachadillo Donating Member (61 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-11 02:12 PM
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13. When Life Gives You Frozen Apples
You learn something new every day. I never knew you could use apples already frozen on the tree.

I'm going to remember this thread.

"There's a crop of goldrush apples hanging on the tree still. I know that when we had a cold spell for a couple of days they got a bit of freeze. But they are still firm mostly, and I'd like to make some applesauce with them to use them up.

Shouldn't be a problem. Right?"

"if they are too mushy, I'd just make applesauce and freeze or can it. These are my favorite apples. They are the last ones picked and they last forever. Even if the skins are wrinkled, the fruit is still firm and sweet."

"It took two days in a crockpot and you will need a food mill, but the results were worth it. It was very easy, just a lot of pot watching. Dana ; )"

"you might want to try a sample batch first..not sure if the freezing would affect that flavor or not...the texture of the apples won't matter-freezing screws with texture of fruit and whatnot"

"I used to peel, slice and freeze apples all the time. Made applesauce,apple crisp,and apple pie out of them"
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Remmah2 Donating Member (971 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-01-11 12:39 PM
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14. Would be good.
We have an apple tree that produces them faster than we can can so ultimatly they see frost.

Possibly a slight bit of discoloration but otherwise fine. I'd consume within two weeks, I'd keep keep refrigerated but would not can or freeze the final product (no long term storage.)

The deer eat the frozen apples on the ground right through the winter (unless they're covered by snow.)

Apples are pretty hardy. Throw the seeds back into the woods for future generations.
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