Thursday, August 30, 2012

Apple Butter

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Last week we were in Northern Illinois and stopped in at an awesome apple orchard, Edwards Orchard to be exact.  They had a large store where you could not only purchase their apples but also lots of other foods that they make themselves.  I’ve always liked apple butter but never have tried to make it myself, but after sampling theirs I knew I had to make some.  After scouring the internet for recipes, I came up with this one which is a combination of several different recipes.  You can easily cut it in half if you want.
Apple pulp is the first thing you need.  Quarter and core about 40 medium size apples.  Make sure you use a soft apple, such as a McIntosh.  Gala and Cortlands work too but they need to cook a little longer.
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Put the apples in a large kettle over low heat.  You can add a small amount of water just to get them cooking but be careful not to add too much.
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They are starting to soften.                   Here’s what they need to look like.
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Pour them into a strainer and press the pulp out.
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And now you have applesauce!  Or as the recipe says, apple pulp. You will need 16 cups of the apple pulp.
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This is what is left in your strainer.  Makes me wish we had a pig to feed it to but I’m ok with not having one.
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Pour the apple pulp back into the large kettle.
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Add one cup of apple cider.  This is the cider we bought from the orchard.  It is sooo good!
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Now add the following:  4 cups white sugar, 2 cups brown sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 Tablespoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon cloves, 1 teaspoon allspice and 1 teaspoon nutmeg.
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Stir this all together and start cooking it over low heat. 
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This is what it should look like when it is finished cooking.  It took about 5-6 hours of low heat and lots of stirring to come to this stage.  And your house will smell awesome!
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Ladle into jars and hot water bath for 10 minutes.  I used half pint but you could use pint jars.
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Yummy!  This is going to taste so good on pancakes.

Apple Butter
16 cups apple pulp
1 cup apple cider
4 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbl cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in large kettle and cook until thick.  Seal in jars and hot water bath for 10 minutes.
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– 1 Corinthians 10:13

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Creamed Kohlrabi and Carrots

This vegetable dish has always been a favorite for us in the summertime when the kohlrabi and carrots are fresh from the garden.
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It’s a simple recipe with few ingredients, here’s the main ones:  kohlrabi, carrots and onion.
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Peel the kohlrabi by chopping off the top and bottom and then peeling the sides.
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Then cut into pieces.
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Peel the carrots and cut into pieces.
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Add the onions to the pan and cover with water.  Boil until the veggies are just getting soft, about 15 minutes should do it.  Just don’t overboil them or they will get mushy.  And we don’t want mushy veggies.
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While the veggies are cooking, make the white sauce.  Melt 3 Tablespoons of butter and then add 2 slightly heaped Tablespoons of flour. 
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Mix this together, it will be thick.
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Add 1 cup of milk and stir.  Microwave for one minute intervals until the sauce thickens.
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Once it has thickened, stir in some salt and pepper.
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Drain the water off the veggies and pour the white sauce over them.
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Stir and serve!  Make this tonight, you won’t regret it.

Creamed Kohlrabi and Carrots
2 kohlrabi
5 carrots
3-4 pearl size onions
3 T melted butter
2 T flour
1 cup milk
salt & peper
Cook kohlrabi, carrots and onion.  Add flour to melted butter and stir.  Stir in milk and microwave until thickened.  Add salt & pepper.  Pour sauce over cooked veggies and serve.
I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Scrambled Egg Muffins

Last weekend we had lots of company so these were perfect for breakfast.  They were a hit and approved by everyone. 
Here’s what you need:
Pork sausage, eggs, onion, green pepper, salt, pepper and cheese.
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Start by browning half a pound of pork sausage
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You will need 1/2 cup chopped onion and 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
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In a large bowl, crack in 12 large eggs.  Beat well then add the onions and peppers and some salt and pepper.  Then add the sausage and 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
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Grease the muffin pan spoon 1/3 cup into each muffin cup.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
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Loosen edges from the pan and remove to a platter.
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The best part is they freeze great!  I put two in a waxed paper bag.
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Then put the bags into a freezer bag and freeze.  When you need a quick breakfast just take one out and warm it up. 

1/2 lb pork sausage
12 large eggs
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Brown sausage.  In a large bowl, beat eggs,  Add the onion, green pepper, salt, and pepper.  Stir in the sausage and cheese.  Spoon by 1/3 cupfuls into greased muffin cups.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
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