Thursday, November 14, 2013

Georgie's Local Walnuts

Just a quick post here....two years ago I wrote about my friend, Georgie, who sells her own Garden Valley walnuts. Last year's crop was dismal and she didn't have any to sell, but she had a good harvest this year. The nuts are all dried, shelled, weighed and bagged. They are beautiful walnuts and she sells them for $6/pound.

She's putting her signs up today for the general public, so if you don't want to miss out, call Georgie asap at 541-673-2321 and tell her Jennifer sent you her way!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Drying "Grapples"

A friend gave me two 5-gallon buckets of Golden Delicious apples awhile back.  They are great for fresh eating, but I decided to dry some for hiking snacks.  I dipped these in Concord grape juice after coring and slicing. (I still have some juice in the freezer that I made with grapes my dad gave me last year.) You don't really taste the grape flavor, but the purple color is fun.

I like to leave the skins on, so I used my Pampered Chef apple/pear corer to remove the core before slicing the apples, one at a time, in my Cuisinart food processor.  I find this to be much quicker than using my old apple core/peeler/slicer and I like the apple rings it produces.  The slices were about 1/4-inch thick.

Here's what they looked like going into the dehydrator...

and after ten hours of drying.

Here's the apple corer I used.

(I buy my Pampered Chef tools from Shelly Baird.)