A few weekends ago, a crew of friends and I celebrated James' birthday by going apple picking at Carter Mountain Orchard. We have recently decided that we are too cool for birthday dinners, therefore we wanted to do something fun and different that everyone could enjoy. Carter Mountain Orchard is about 70 miles west of Richmond and it's no problem to get in the car for a day trip. We almost didn't go! It was misting and chilly that morning, two of my friends were hungover and another lost his phone the day before. Plus, we had just cycled and I just wanted to stay home and eat donuts. So many elements! Needless to say, we all powered through and decided we were going! I am so glad that we did, we got a little workout and a lot of apples. Oh, and apple cider donuts!!
Ok, to be honest, I don't love apples. I typically only buy them to be juiced, but within that past couple of months they have been on my radar. I think because we got an apple corer as a wedding present and that truly made a difference. Now I snack on apple slices with nutritional yeast sprinkles. I hate biting into an apple, I always feel like I'm gonna break a tooth and I just can't take those kinds of risks with my mouth. I do love me some Granny Smiths and I was pleased that they were very ready to be picked. James is an apple lover. He is the first person to order stewed apples or drink apple juice. I didn't have a plan for what I was going to do with these apples but I just knew that I wanted as many as I could pick!
My apple haul was pretty major. I still had about 16 or so apples two weeks after we had gone picking. The Granny Smiths were in pretty good shape and I decided it was time to make applesauce! Also, I have been really interested in making Apple Cider Vinegar by using apple scraps and was excited to finally have enough. You should know that I am obsessed with drinking ACV, in my water or shots! I used the first recipe that came up on Google and it was from The Pioneer Woman. A wise chef once told me that you make any recipe your own if you just change one ingredient. (I pretty much changed nothing.) I liked this recipe a lot because it was vegan and did not use butter. This recipe yields about 5 pints of applesauce. Què delicioso!
Luscious Judy Applesauce (via The Pioneer Woman)
16 apples peeled, cored, & sliced
1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Juice of 1 Lemon
1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
Add all of these ingredients in a large pot. Medium heat on the stove until the apples are soft. Throw you that shit in your Vitamix. I didn't even get a picture of my apples getting blended, it's just that quick.