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Old 10-23-2009, 12:01 PM   #1
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What apples for pie?

My family loves pie and I like making them. Apple pie is a regular but choosing which apples to use is a dilemma. Some apples seem better suited for pie than others or more flavorful, but those good pie apples aren't always the best buy at the market.
As an example, a few days ago locally grown and fresh fuji's were 49 cents per lb but most other varieties of apple were over 1.49 per lb. Since a pie calls for about 2lbs of apple this is a noticeable amount of money. I used the fujis and predictably the apple flavor in the pie was flat and the moisture content high.

What apples do you use? Do you buy the cheapest or sale apples even if they aren't really good pie apples and make do?

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Old 10-23-2009, 12:05 PM   #2
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I like Cortlands for apple pie.
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Old 10-23-2009, 12:18 PM   #3
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We can't buy Cortlands here (though a few friends have trees) and I like them too. My favorite apple for pie is a granny though. Failing that I will use either a Mac or a Spartan. Fujis are too granular as are the Delicious IMO. Galas are too bland in a pie.
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Old 10-23-2009, 03:21 PM   #4
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Granny's......Winesap.
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Old 10-23-2009, 03:41 PM   #5
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I tend to go with Granny Smith or Golden Delicious.
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Old 10-23-2009, 04:16 PM   #6
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Just what I was going to say Michael. I've used Granny Smith, but was told the golden delicious was outstanding for baking.
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Old 10-23-2009, 04:21 PM   #7
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I tend to go with Granny Smith or Golden Delicious.
Michael, what do you make with the Golden delicious? I wonder about their texture in pie. Are they not too bland and get mushy?
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Old 10-23-2009, 04:30 PM   #8
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my fav for apple pie is Golden Delicious - peeled & cored, sprtiz of lemon juice, dash of salt, cin&sugar, smattering of cornstarch, double crust.

(nope, I don't measure any of it....)

Granny Smith is usually touted because it maintains its crisp - well, I prefer taste over crunch - but that's me.

and certainly if I'm gonna' go to the trouble of making my own pie, I want top rate stuff to go in it - I absolutely pass on the bargain bin apples. . .
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Old 10-23-2009, 04:38 PM   #9
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Try Jonathon if you can find them. That's the old fashioned favorite for baking. They are firm and slightly tart, never grainy.
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Old 10-23-2009, 05:16 PM   #10
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i like to use a mixtureof 3 different one like cortland - granny smith - macs -empires and sometime red delious

The 3 i found to be the best together is cortland- macs and red delious
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