Category Archives: autumn

Make-Ahead Apple Pie Filling

apple-pie-differenceA friend of mine shared this recipe for make-ahead apple pie filling, Apple season is beginning in our area.  Perhaps in yours, as well.  This is a great way to preserve some of the apple harvest if you have the freezer space.

Make-Ahead Apple Pie Filling

  • 18 cups peeled apple slices

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 4 1/2 cups sugar

  • 1 cup cornstarch

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 10 cups water

In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice; set aside. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, combine sugar, cornstarch. cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Add water; bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add apples; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until the apples are tender, about 6-8 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes. Ladle into freezer containers, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Cool at room temperature no longer than 1-1/2 hours. Seal and freeze; store up to 12 months.Yield: 5 1/2 quarts. (enough for about five 9-inch pies).


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Ten Family Ideas for Thanksgiving Season


Ten Family Ideas for Thanksgiving Season

1. Make a Thanksgiving Basket

Place in it items needed for a Thanksgiving meal such as cranberry relish, dressing mix, etc. Use your imagination. Give it to a family a few days before Thanksgiving who is experiencing financial hardship, illness, or just has been a special blessing to you over the past year. Continue reading

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SUBMITTED BY: Penny in Florida

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Quick Apple Ideas


Quick Apple Ideas

  1. Add chopped apples to rice prior to cooking.
  2. Add diced apples to homemade chicken salad. Continue reading