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Posted 10/26/2017 5:09pm by Stefanie Jaeger.
Greetings from Bayfield Apple Company!
 
A big thank you to all of our LSCSA fruit share customers, as this is our last fruit box of the 2017 season!  It has been a good year for fruit and an exceptional one for apples!  Bayfield apple orchards should have apples well into November this year.  
 
In your box this week, you will find two quarts of cider and one bag of Cortland apples.  At the Bayfield Apple Company, we have been pressing fresh cider weekly, so we hope you enjoy this autumn treat.  If you notice a difference in flavor with BAC cider vs. many other apple ciders, it most likely is the pasteurization process we use.  At the BAC, we use a cold pasteurization process, instead of the typical heat pasteurization that is widely used at orchards. We use a UV machine that the cider passes through, minutes after being pressed.  The UV lights on our pasteurization machine kill any unwanted bacteria, but preserve all of the delicate flavors present in our cider.  Another plus to a cold pasteurization process, is that our cider can be fermented into apple wine, hard apple cider, apple jack - any treat the home brewer would like to turn it into!  I have enjoyed some delicious homemade apple-cranberry hard cider (made by my husband the homebrewer) with BAC cider - it was the perfect treat to share during the holidays!  
 
The Cortland apples in your box have just ripened up in the last week (later than usual this year) and are ready to be enjoyed!  My two personal apple favorites are Cortland and Haralson apples - the sweet/tart combination and the crunch in both of these apples are SO good! If you are more of a sweet apple type, you may want to use these Cortland apples in baking - they are one of the BEST for baking with, as they are so firm, they will retain their shape in pies, strudel and treats of all kinds.  I have always gotten compliments when baking with Cortlands!
 
Here is a simple recipe that involves the best kitchen tool for busy people, a crock pot!  To make your own apple butter, take a look at how easy this is! The Cortland apples and BAC cider in your box this week are perfect for use in this recipe.
 
 
 
CROCK POT APPLE BUTTER
 
INGREDIENTS:
  • 16 cups cored and chopped apples, do not peel
  • 2 cups apple cider 
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
 
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Combine apples and cider in crock pot.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 10-12 hours.  (Your house will smell amazing!)
  3. Puree in a blender or food processor and then return the mixture to the crock pot and add sugar, cinnamon and cloves.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 1 hour.
This apple butter will keep for several weeks in your refrigerator or can be frozen in freezer containers.
 
Many thanks to all of our wonderful fruit share customers - see you all next year!
 
Missy & the crew at the Bayfield Apple Company