Last post on apples in honor of all those apple growers “on the Ridge” here in West Michigan. After last years devastating fruit crop loss this year was a blessing. We will be freezing filling for a 9 inch pie. Huz loves pie, so this is a nice way to make an apple pie in February if we are feeling fallish! At the bottom of the post check out the honeybee update and the treat Huz made for his “girls” (he is always up to somethings with this all his lady friends). Lastly, at the moment this blog post is giving me an excuse not to pick at wallpaper. I made the fatal mistake the other day of picking at it while on the phone, and now I just want it gone. The last room upstairs in our old farm house with wallpaper! OK, OK, no more wallpaper venting back to the apples, let’s get to it!
- 5 good cups of Apples (about 5-7 apples) – Which ever variety you prefer for pies, I used Spies, but Jonagolds, or Cortlands or McIntosh are also nice. Also you can mix apples for different flavors.
- 2 Tablespoons Flour
- 3/4 Cup White Sugar
- 1/4 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
- 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
- Freezer bags
Rinse, peal, core, and slice the apples until you have a good 5 cups, I call it a heaping 5.
Then measure out your flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix with the apples. Note: it takes a bit of mixing to get all the ingredients coated over the apples.
Once mixed well, fill a gallon ziplock bag with the apples. Then label and date the bag to ensure proper yearly rotation.
All set to place in freezer, then when you are having a craving for apple pie, just defrost, dump into a pie shell (will have to blog about how to make a homemade pastry shell) then top with crust or crumb. When I use this freezer filling I will try to remember to blog about it to “continue” the story. Also you can use this as a filling for apple crisp it will fit into an 8x8x2 pan.
Please let me know if you have any comments or questions! Enjoy ~ Megan
PS: Quick update on the honeybees. We inspected them a bit this past Sunday before the nasty weather hit since it was pretty warm, here is the result:
We put insulated tops on the hives to keep them warmer during the winter
- We noticed the hives seemed a bit light on their honey stores for the winter so we made sugar bricks over the past few days which we will be placing on their hives today (11.20). The bricks will act as an emergency food incase the bees run out of honey. The sugar bricks are made by mixing 5 pounds of sugar, with 1 1/4 cup of water a 1-2 Tablespoons of corn syrup. Cook on a medium/high heat and mix constantly to ensure NO burning or caramelizing (I guess that can give the bees dysentery). Then using a candy thermometer get the temperature up to Soft ball and dump into those disposable foil containers. That’s it… When cool remove. Below is a picture of the finished product and when Huz gets home from school we will be getting these on the hives.