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    Default Acres of Apples, Frugal to the Core

    I've always dreamed of having an apple tree in my back yard. You know the old saying, "be careful what you wish for?" Now that I actually have my own apple tree, I stand in my yard watching the apples piling up around me thinking, "Oh no -- What do I do with this mess now?" If I could make gasoline out of apples, I could retire, but since that is not an option and my frugal mind will not allow me to waste one apple, I have had to come up with some yummier apple disposal methods. If you find that you have a few dozen more apples than you know what to do with, these recipes from will help settle your frugal dilemma.

    Apple Butter

    9 to 10 apples, cored, peeled and chopped
    2 cups sugar
    2 tsp. cinnamon
    1/8 tsp. cloves
    1/8 tsp. salt

    Place everything into a crockpot. Stir, cover and cook on high 1 hour. Cook on low for 9-11 hours or until thick and dark brown. Stir occasionally. Uncover and cook on low 1 hour longer. Stir with whisk until smooth. Refrigerate or Freeze. Makes 2 pints.

    Apple Pie Filling

    9 cups baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
    1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
    5 cups water
    2 1/4 cup sugar
    1/2 cup cornstarch
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. ground cinnamon
    1/8 tsp. nutmeg

    Toss apples with lemon juice and set aside. Combine the rest of the ingredients in Dutch oven and bring to a boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add apples and return to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until apples are tender (6-10 minutes). Cool for 30 minutes. Then ladle into freezer containers or bake immediately. Makes two 9-inch pies.

    Fried Apples

    4 large apples, cored and sliced
    3 Tbsp. butter or margarine
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

    Cut apples into 1/4 inch slices. Heat butter in a large skillet. Put the apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon in the skillet and cover. Over medium-low heat, cook apple slices 7-10 minutes or until they begin to soften and the syrup thickens. Serve coated with excess syrup on top. Serves 4.

    Baked Apples

    apples, cored
    raisins (optional)
    1 tsp. margarine
    dash of cinnamon
    dash of nutmeg
    1 Tbsp. honey or brown sugar
    (These amounts are per apple.)

    For each person use 1 apple. Fill the center of the apple with all the ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees until tender or put in a Dutch oven on top of stove and simmer on very low until tender.

    Apple Snack

    2 qts. apples, peeled, cored and halved

    Coarsely grate apples. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 225 degrees until dry. Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

    Apple Crisp

    6 apples, peeled and sliced
    1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
    1 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup oatmeal
    1/2 cup flour
    1 tsp. cinnamon and/or nutmeg
    1/2 cup water

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange apples in well-greased baking dish. Blend all remaining ingredients except water. Spread evenly over top of apples. Pour water over the topping. Bake 45 minutes until apples are tender and top is crisp. Serves 6.

    Peach Crisp

    Use peaches in place of apples.

    ~When you have a partially eaten apple, save the good part and chop into pieces. Place in a microwave‘safe dish. Blend together 1 tsp. each brown sugar, flour, oatmeal and margarine and a dash of cinnamon. Top the apple with the topping and microwave until tender.

    Jill Cooper raised two teenagers alone on $500 a month income after becoming disabled with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She is the inspiration behind her daughter Tawra's frugal cookbook
    Not Just Beans: 50 Years of Frugal Family Favorites. To read more of Jill's articles and for free tips and recipes visit .

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    Thanks, Sara. I'm going to make the Apple Butter. Sounds so good!

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    Oh Sara you don't know how much I need these!

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    Thanks Sara- A patient just happened to turn in a whole basketful of apples today- I believe I am going to bring some home tomorrow and cook up some of my old favorite- Apple Butter-!

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    I tried the Apple Butter recipe yesterday. It turned out terrific! My husband loves it. I also plan on incorporating it into my gift baskets this Christmas!

    Thanks again!

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