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Old 04-29-2006, 09:50 PM   #1
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What is the best apple for pie?

I love apple pie, and have made some pretty good ones. I got some apples free from a neighbor once but have no clue what kind they were other than being green.

What is the "best" apple for pie? I'm itching to make some and I hate canned filling!

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Old 04-29-2006, 09:53 PM   #2
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I like my apple pies a little tart so I go for Granny Smiths or Cortlands or a combination of the two.

It's really a matter of opinion. Everyone has their favs.
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:57 PM   #3
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Thanks Andy. I'm thinking they were Granny Smiths...This neighbor worked in a warehouse and the apples got hit by frost or something, and couldn't be sold in the grocery. He got a bunch for free and gave us some. I peeled them, cut them up, and froze them in a sugar solution. Made pies and have wanted to make more ever since!
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:59 PM   #4
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Whenever I am cooking something (dessert or not) and I'm using apples I always reach for the slightly tart Granny Smiths. The only exception to this might be when I'm making a salad with apple in it, then I might go for something a little sweeter.
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Old 05-24-2006, 03:01 AM   #5
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hi all, nothing really constructive to add to the thread. just stopped by to drool. grannies are great, and best for pies in my book. here in japan, pickin's are slim. only a couple of decent kinds which are only in-season for a few months. they refuse to import apples (from new zealand for example) so for the better part of the year you have to make do with mealy, 6-8 month old apples. not only that, but they can cost better than $2 per each. i almost wish i hadn't seen this thread, 'cause now i want a good apple. boo hoo
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Old 05-24-2006, 03:28 AM   #6
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Here are a couple of useful links: http://www.bctree.com/fruit/varietie...sage_chart.htm

http://www.bctree.com/fruit/index.htm

The first link is a chart that shows the usage for each variety of listed apples. The 2nd link is an image map of all sorts of apples; click on one of them to get info on it's variety.

I love apples!

As for the best apples for pie, I like the sweet Jonogold type. I dont really like using tart apples for my pie (even though lots of people do) Honeycrisp makes excellent pies as well.
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Old 05-24-2006, 04:00 AM   #7
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I tend to use an old English 'cooking' variety of apple (in other words, too sour to eat without cooking!) called Bramley. That is an ideal apple for say, apple sauce for a roast pork sunday roast. It goes beautifully smooth like a thick paste (no lumps) when simmered with a little water and sugar. I then add the tarter, Granny Smiths to the cooked and cooled bramley apple mix.
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Old 05-24-2006, 09:30 AM   #8
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i prefer granny smith but once i've made a apple pie with red delicious and granny smith and much good has come!
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Old 05-24-2006, 10:19 AM   #9
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i almost wish i hadn't seen this thread, 'cause now i want a good apple. boo hoo
Philso, you can make a delicious apple pie with dried apples. That's what my grandmother did when apples were out of season.
I don't have her recipe...she probably didn't use one. But here is one that looks delicious.
http://www.recipesource.com/baked-go...-apples01.html

For years I used Jonathon apples for pies, but now that Granny Smith apples are easily available, that's what I use.
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Old 05-24-2006, 11:17 AM   #10
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I love Golden delicious for apple pies yummy!
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