Wednesday, November 8, 2017

APPLE HONEY DAY


Apple Honey
I started with 6 good-sized apples.  This is about the size of all of the apples that I used.  
Apple Honey
I peeled the apples and put the peels, seeds and all, into a medium-sized roaster on top of my stove burner.  The natural pectin in the peels and seeds will help thicken the honey. I then added about 4 cups of water. Then I put on the lid and slowly cooked them (on low heat) until soft and smushy. 
Apple Honey
I then chopped up the apples and added them to another saucepan and made some homemade applesauce with them.  It's so easy; I added about 1/2 cup water, cooked them until soft, smooshed them with a fork really well and there you have it! Homemade chunky applesauce! 

Apple Honey
After the pan of peelings and seeds/cores was all soft and cooked through, I ladled the mixture into a cheesecloth-lined Pyrex measuring bowl. 


Apple Honey
After letting the juice drip into the bowl, I then took a spatula and pressed the cheesecloth against my bowl to make sure that I got every last drop of juice from those peelings! The amount of liquid that I got was exactly 3 cups.
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Apple Honey
I returned the juice to my original pan and heated it over medium heat until it boiled vigorously.  Since I started with 3 cups of juice that I got from my peelings, I added 1.5 cups of sugar.* (I used organic Fair Trade brown sugar that I had on hand. I knew it would make my apple honey a bit darker but I like the color of it.)  If desired, you can also add 1/2 tsp of lemon juice. It is optional and up to you.  Boil mixture down rapidly until it achieves the consistency of honey. 

 This took about 20 minutes for me but it will depend on how large of a pan you use.  A larger surface area will allow for quicker evaporation.  I did use a candy thermometer to get my temp to around 215F.  Then I started checking the mixture by dropping a little bit in cold water to check the consistency. I used this web page as my guide:  Crafty Baking



Apple Honey
The finished product!  It has the consistency of honey and is just lovely!  The flavor is like honey with a hint of apple. Delish!



Apple Honey
The jar is a bit messy here, but you can see the color better.  It is darker because of the light brown sugar that I used.  If you use regular sugar, your apple honey will be lighter.  :)



*A good rule of thumb is add the sugar at the rate of one-half as much sugar as juice.

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