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Is this a bad apple?

I cut my apple open this morning and found that it had an unexpected consistency emanating from the core. I couldn't find much about what's going on here other than maybe this is some kind of mold (...
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Apple pie: peel or not?

Is it okay to leave the skin on the apples when making an apple pie? I'd like to leave them on, but I wonder if there will be chewy strings of peel or if they will cook tender.
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Little maggots on top of my home-made apple cider vinegar, is it bad?

This was my first attempt at making apple-cider-vinegar at home. I did this all following a tutorial from YouTube. I simply cut a few apples and put them in a clean jar with sugar+water. I set the lid ...
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How to Prevent Apples from turning Brown

I love to use Apples in my Desserts. They look really delicious when I just make them, but by the time they are consumed as dessert, the apples have all turned brown. and suddenly the dessert doesn't ...
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Why prevent apples from turning brown?

It's somewhat well-known that applying an acidic solution to sliced apples prevents them from turning brown as quickly. I believe that the primary motivation to prevent the "browning" is aesthetic: ...
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Red apples safety

I used to peel off the thin wax layer that covers red apples. Is this necessary?
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How can I keep chopped fruit fresh for 2-3 hours?

I need to cut up a large amount of fruit for use in a pavlova dessert tomorrow night - although the same question would no doubt apply to a fruit salad or other fresh fruit item. Anyway, I won't have ...
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How do I store apples in an apartment?

I am able to receive cheap, great orchard apples in the fall. However, I do not have a cellar to store them in. I find they go bad before I can use them all. Does anyone know of a reliable storage ...
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Which types of apples are considered to be “quick-cooking” apples?

In my great-grandmother's recipe for Open-Face Apple Pie, she writes, "Cut apples in eighths if they are not quick-cooking." I assume that this means some apples will cook more quickly than others, ...
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What happens when you bake Winesap apples?

In researching the answer to a question of why the apples in a pie became mushy, I noticed that two of my cookbooks contradicted each other on the Winesap apple, on whether it remains firm upon baking....
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What can I do with apple peel?

I made an apple pie the other day and peeled 6 or so apples. I ended up composting the peelings, and it got me wondering, what else could I have done with them?
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What are the basic ratios for making a chutney

I'm looking to make a apple chutney from 6.5 kg of apples. I can't really find a recipe that I'm happy with, so I'm going to just wing it. What are the basic ratios for a generic chutney? For ...
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Apple Cider is too sweet for gravy

Hey. I'm in Vermont. We have lots of apple ciders and lots of amazing apples (let me recommend this year's lady apples...bet on 2010 Cider! ) I've been roasting local chickens, and then deglasing ...
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Can anything be done with cooking apples that fall early?

Can anything be done with a large amount of cooking apples that have fallen early? They vary in size from golf ball to tennis ball but have fallen a couple of months before they would be expected to ...
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How to do hot spiced apple cider without apple cider?

When I lived in the United States, I developed an addiction to hot apple cider. I relied on powder mixes (Alpine, Mott's and so on) - just adding hot water to the content of a package... Now I'm back ...
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How do I reduce the lemon acidity in apple soup?

I have just made an apple soup that has lemon juice in. The problem being the lemon tartness totally overpowers the soup. How do I neutralise this???
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Why does apples bought at the market feel sticky?

When I buy apples at the market, they always feel sticky. When I buy apples at the supermarkt they feel smooth. When I was younger we had an apple tree, and also that apples did not feel sticky in my ...
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Is it safe to eat an apple cooked inside poultry?

My guess is that yes, you can; however, my mother always set them aside, not to be eaten. Any ideas?
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Does ripening banans in a bag with other fruit harm the other fruit?

Our office just got its first fruit shipment, which included an apology for the under-ripe bananas and the suggestion to put them in a brown paper bag along with an apple to speed up the ripening. ...
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Why are my apple fritters too doughy in the center?

I'm making deep-fried apple fritters, and the recipe I am using has me drop them into oil as batter (a bit runny). Dropping them in as batter gives them the kind of crispy-bumpy outside I like. My ...
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Freezing an apple pie

I took out an unbaked apple pie from the freezer, thawed it out and baked it. I was wondering if I could refreeze it now.
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How to make apple chunks in apple pie stay intact?

I made an extremely delicious apple pie yesterday, with a puff pastry crust. The only problem was that by the time the pastry was cooked, the apple filling had turned to mush - the texture of apple ...
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How is apple syrup made?

I've been making dutch apple pastries for a couple of weeks now, and I've noticed that the apple filling that spills from the pastries turns dark brown like apple syrup (or apple butter, apple paste ...
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Is there enough pectin in Apples to make jam

I have some surplus cooking apples which I will be trying to make jam with. I can't find pectin in my local supermarket, but they do have "jam sugar", which contains pectin, but is twice the price of ...
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What is the difference between apple juice and cider?

I was at the grocery store and saw glass containers of these. What would be the differences?
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Why do apples, when placed in a cool environment for extended periods of time, form a 'waxy' layer on their skins

Living on an orchard, we grow many more apples than we can eat and so store them in the garage throughout Winter where it's cold. They are in a box, but with air circulating around them and newspaper ...
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Using pectin as a fat replacement

I make pectin stock from apples for use in jams and jellies, and I have lots of it. I would like to try using this stock as a fat substitute in baking, similar to replacing some of the fat in recipes ...
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Should I peel Boskoop apples for a pie?

We have the question about peeling apples for a pie, and the accepted answer is "depends on the apple". I seldom make desserts involved baked apples, so I am not well versed in the baking cultivars. ...
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Why does my apple crumble develop a bitter aftertaste?

I tend to make Apple Crumble in a very basic way, using Bramley apples cooked down with plenty of sugar ( enough to leave a little tartness to balance out the sweet crumble mix ) and a bit of cinnamon....
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When I make apple juice, what's in the foam on top?

I juiced my peeled apple seconds. What makes the foam on top? It seems to have good flavor, but this juice is going into the fermenter for apple cider when I collect enough (freezing until then) so I'...
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Cryoconcentration, can you do it yourself?

I'm looking to concentrate freshly pressed apple juice. In order keep the apple-freshness I would very much like to avoid heating up the juice. Does anyone have experience with cryoconcentration, is ...
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Shelf life of a caramel apple?

How long will the apple in a caramel apple stay crisp once it's been dipped in warm caramel? Are there any tricks to extend its shelf life? Let's assume we're starting with a large fresh Granny ...
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Why do apples sometimes taste bitter?

I sometimes come across apples that taste very bitter (not sour like a granny smith, but more like tannin). This is maybe one in 10 or 15 apples. It doesn't seem to be restricted to a certain variety (...
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Can Apples be Macerated before Pressing into Cider?

A friend lent me an old-fashioned cider press to use. I am planning to put a few dozen chopped up apples into it and then see how much juice I get, but I'm worried there won't be much. Would it help ...
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Ice Cream Sugar Substitutes - Applesauce?

Can I replace the sugar in ice cream with (very smooth) applesauce. I do not enjoy my desserts to be super sweet and I always have tons of homemade applesauce sitting in the fridge. How much would ...
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What are the best types of apples to use in Charosset?

What are the best type of apples to use when making Charosset for Passover? I'm torn between something more neutral like Gala vs something tart (which might work well with the sweetness of the rest ...
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Caramel Apple cocktail garnish

I am a bartender who has little experience using caramel. I want to use caramel as a garnish by dipping dehydrated apple slices in it. How do I create a "dripping effect" on the dehydrated apple ...
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Why didn't my apples caramelise?

Today I tried to make a Tarte Tatin, with mixed results. Everything tasted great, expect that my apples didn't really caramelise. Note: This recipe is more like an interpretation of a real Tarte Tatin....
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My Candy Apple is too brittle, how to prevent?

I am cooking the candy mixture to 302°F and dipping right away, but the candy seems to be brittle and not holding to the apple when you either cut into it or try and bite into it. How can I prevent ...
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What kinds of apples are suited to be filled with cranberries and baked?

During the holidays, an apple cut in half and filled with cranberries or cranberry sauce is a commonly served item in Belgium. I want to make this too this year, but I'm not sure which kind of apple ...
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How to make use of old apples?

I have many apples, but the insides are already brown. The outside is slightly soft, perhaps bruised. The inside appearance is the same as if you cut an apple and let it sit out for 1 hour, but this ...
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Kind of apples for apple purée / apple sauce

Recently I made a thick apple sauce by cooking apples with some juice. The cooking process took less time than expect - after about 20 minutes or less the apple pieces were soft enough to mash them. ...
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Can I cook apple peels in my applesauce in a cheesecloth bundle?

I like to include the peels when I make applesauce to get the benefit of the nutrients in the peels*, but I strain them out afterward for the sake of texture. This is a messy, sticky, time-consuming ...
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What are the best apples for juicing, and which ones should I avoid?

I make cider as a hobby, and I juice quite a lot of apples, and have tried quite a few types. I've noticed that some apples are great for juicing, and some are very poor. You generally get less ...
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What is the additive they put in apple juice to change it from cloudy to clear?

I was told today that my juice was cloudy because they hadn't put the additive in it that makes it clear. My question is: What is the additive they put in apple juice to change it from cloudy to ...
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What specific sugars are found in apple cider, apple juice, and apple cider vinegar?

My wife has a chronic, not-very-well-understood GI condition that includes hyper-sensitivity to certain foods. We're looking to more information about the chemical composition of various foods for ...
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Black apple crumble!

I used the apple crisp recipe from Joy of Baking and I'm quite sure I followed it to the dot (didn't add blackberries, though, only apples). But for some reason, after I took it out, let it cool a ...
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Baked Apple Fritter

I know I know I know... apple fritters SHOULD be fried. I'm just here asking for any tips or suggestions to as-close-as-possible obtain the next best thing by baking apple fritters in an oven. I'd ...
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Apple cider vinegar and Blue Mold [duplicate]

I'm a week into making apple cider vinegar. I've used jars and the apples at the top were not covered with liquid. A blue mold formed. I've removed it. Should I carry on or should I start again? If I ...
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Other apple varieties for a Granny Smith fan

When I buy apples I tend to buy the Granny Smith variety. I've heard that it's more of a baking variety than one for eating directly, but I like it better than others I've tried. The only two names I ...