Hard apple cider is the perfect home brew project

Bottled apple cider for gifts

Cider gets its start in America The apple was one of the earliest crops imported by English and Western European colonists. The first documented colonial cultivated apple trees were planted in Boston as early as 1623 by William Blackstone; a minster to the settlers of Plymouth. 1 Apples made the perfect colonial homestead fruit. Each […]

7 Ways For More From Your Apple Harvest

Ripe apples

Apple harvest time is always somewhat chaotic here at Pioneer Dad’s. When the apples are ripe, for us it’s during June and July with our Beverly Hills apples, we are canning, dehydrating and cooking with apples every weekend. The harvest nearly consumes our life for a month or so. Having your own apple tree seems […]

Drying Apple Slices In The Oven

Dried Apple Slices

Drying apple slices in the oven or in a dehydrator, like all dried fruit, are sweeter and provide more concentrated flavor. They make a tasty snack. Pioneer Dad’s kids (and the neighbor kids) eat them by the tray full as quickly as they come out of the dehydrator. Dried apple slices are easy to carry […]