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SeekingJoy's Avatar SeekingJoy (TS)
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In the name of frugality, I found a local source of non-waxed, non-sprayed apples, but the guy only has "deer apples" left. Do you think I could salvage these and make applesauce, pies, jelly, etc? It is about an hour away, but only 20-30 minutes further than MILs house, so we could combine trips this weekend. $15 for 50lbs. Any tips? Would this be worth it to you?
BaBaBa's Avatar BaBaBa
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sounds like you could...
talk to the guy and see what he thinks.
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I would ask the guy. I just got 20 lbs or so of unsprayed apples from a relative's tree and hoped to make sauce, etc but they were so small and wormy I didn't get enough for anything and had to pitch them all. OTOH I got 20 lbs of seconds at the farmers market for $8 and they were perfect for canning, just cosmetically ugly.
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If they are decent that's great, but $15 for 50lbs is a really good deal, and I live in apple country.

I get mine for free because my neighbors have an orchard.
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Originally Posted by Norasmomma View Post
If they are decent that's great, but $15 for 50lbs is a really good deal, and I live in apple country.
I don't know - around here the orchards are selling nonpremium seconds (Macs, Paula Reds, Cortlands) for $8/half-bushel, which according to my calculations is about 22 lbs. So that's roughly $16 for 50 lbs. They're not deer apples, they're seconds, which includes small blemishes/bruises, too-small apples, etc. No worms at all. I wouldn't spend that for wild/wormy ones.

Premium kinds like Honeycrisp are going for more, though, especially since it was a tough year for honeycrisp. $14/half bushel.

Anyway, up here (VT) we are also in apple country.
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Apples are $19 a bushel here, too.
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I grew up eating "deer apples" on the farm, so I will warn you: they are likely to be filled with worms, bird bites, and other stuff. I recently got 5-6 bushels of organic, non-sprayed apples for free from my friend's property. I turned the apples into apple butter. It will just take you longer to prepare, because you will have to cut open and inspect every apple. I cut out worm eaten portions and salvage the rest of the apple. Some people might be grossed out by this, but it doesn't bother me or my family, especially since the apples are boiled down to make apple butter. I used some of the nicer apples to can apple pie filling.

If the price is low enough and you are combining trips, then I say it's worth it...but it will take more time to make things with them. Good luck!
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What is a "deer apple?"

Einen's Avatar Einen
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I've used deer apples before for apple butter and I don't remember them being full of worm holes. I'm sure it just depends on your source's opinion of what a deer apple is.
slsurface's Avatar slsurface
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Originally Posted by tinybutterfly View Post
What is a "deer apple?"

Generally speaking, a deer apple is from a un-managed/wild (not sprayed) apple tree or these are the apples that fall on the ground and are bruised or damaged. Some people refer to sour crab apples as deer apples too.

My grandparents kept a large orchard with apples, pears, plums, and peaches. Their trees were trimmed and sprayed once in the spring, but they were still rather wormy. The ones that were too bad or that fell on the ground were left at the edge of the woods for the deer.

I grew up thinking that it was normal for apples to have imperfections because we never bought apples at the store. When I moved away from the farm, I was shocked at the apples in the stores. I can't imagine how much they have to spray those trees to make the apples so perfect.
phathui5's Avatar phathui5
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I have to say, I read it and thought "road apples," then "why would you want to eat that???"
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I had no idea what a deer apple was. We have a crabapple tree in our yard and I have found no worms so far this year. I have been lucky, though. We grill ours on the grill with an oatmeal topping. Very yummy!
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