South Beach Diet - The HONEYCRISPS are here!!!!




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beachgal
09-18-2009, 02:17 PM
:yay: :carrot: Our local honeycrips are in! :hat: :yay: I had a huge one yesterday with nat'l PB and it was SOOOO good.

Anyone else have theirs yet?

I was looking for places to go pick in our area, and found this list (http://hort.cals.cornell.edu/cals/hort/about/upload/apple_varieties2.pdf)of the species grown at a local school. I thought it was fascinating because it tells where the different apples originated, including our favorite, Honeycrisp! Amazing stuff...Thanks to those of you who got me into these wonderful apples. I'm ready for a bushel and a peck! :s:


Ruthxxx
09-18-2009, 02:45 PM
They're here too but I'm a loyal Eastern Ontario girl and MacIntosh are still my favourite since the were discovered at Dundela near Morrisburg, just an hour or so from here. It was 1811, the same year our Church was built. Must have been an exciting year!

Chelby29
09-18-2009, 02:47 PM
The apples we have around here are called 'horse apples'. Hard and dry. Yuck!


CyndiM
09-18-2009, 02:55 PM
Ours have been coming in for a couple of weeks. Honey Crisps are the absolute best driers. Last year I remembered to label all the apples and the honey crisp don't brown much and really hold their flavor. The Ginger Golds are my current favorite eating apple, but they are just about done. I prefer tart for eating but sweet for drying :)

I was disappointed I couldn't find any HC in Central NY last year. Couldn't wait to get to Vt to get one :)

huntress
09-18-2009, 02:56 PM
YES!YES! They are here and I've had 2 so far. I'm going back to the store I bought them and hoping they still have some. I love this time of year when the apples come in fresh and delicious, it just makes dieting that much easier when you can fill up on something so tasty and good for you.

Thighs Be Gone
09-18-2009, 03:08 PM
OMG...LOVE honeycrisp--I am gonna check out my local market!

murphmitch
09-18-2009, 04:41 PM
I bought some at farmers market last week from one vendor - kind of small ones. The other growers said they would have them this week. This is my favorite way to eat them.

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/desserts-phase-2/160266-baked-apple-yogurt.html

Sheba's Mom
09-18-2009, 04:54 PM
We don't have honycrisps out here. But my favorite that is local are jonagolds. They are a cross between Johanthan and Golden Delicios. Boy are they great!!!

My favorite thing to do with them is to make a mock stove cobbler with blueberries. Throw the blueberries in a frying pan and let them simmer until they pop and then add the apples sliced up and let them cook in the blueberry juice until tender. I also throw in some cinnamon and nutmeg while they are cooking. When they are just about done I add oatmeal to the mixture and let it cook a little bit until it is still a little crunchy. Sometime I have to add a little bit of apple juice or water to keep it moist. Sometime we add a little whipped topping or ice cream on the top and have a wonderful quick dessert.

cottagebythesea
09-18-2009, 05:34 PM
I've been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Honeycrisps and finally spied some yesterday at Wegman's. They were &1.99 a lb, which wasn't bad, I thought, until I saw the size of them. Each one was huge and probably weighed more than a pound! I adore Honeycrisps but will have to be content eating my Galas until I can find them at a better price. :(

beachgal
09-30-2009, 09:22 AM
Cottage, ours are huge, too--and not nearly as tasty as the ones we had last weekend. :( But I'm going apple picking tomorrow and can't wait to see what I find. :crossed:

Love the recipe ideas, chicks! I'm looking for ideas for cooking up the ones I pick! I need to get a dehydrator...I'd love to dry my apples!

Thighs Be Gone
09-30-2009, 09:27 AM
YES! Success! I have been able to get them two weeks in a row. The highest was $2.49/lb. and the lowest was $1.77. Yes, ours are huge too. I try to remember how many packages of chips or cookies I have purchased over the years though that cost more than the apples do.

Okay, another apple question. I bought G. Smith this week for .49/lb! They are gorgeous. I got them home and SOUR! SOUR! SOUR!

What to do with them? I could bake them but how would I sweeten without adding too much sugar? What about a pie? How would I use them for that? Any other ideas are welcome.

Meremaiden
09-30-2009, 06:37 PM
(I wish there was a DROOLING smily!?)
Can't wait for an apple (P1 Day3)-- i know it'll be the best thing ever!
Enjoy!

murphmitch
09-30-2009, 10:43 PM
I like to cut an apple into small chunks and add 1 tsp of smart balance, 1 pkg. Splenda and a little cinnamon. Cover dish with plastic wrap and nuke for several minutes until soft. Add 1/2 cup of FF greek yogurt with a little vanilla extract to mixture and enjoy!

beachgal
10-02-2009, 11:13 AM
Thighs, I find making apple pies with G. Smiths to be very yummy! :T I just follow any old apple pie recipe and substitute a combo of Splenda, Stevia, Erythritol, and other sweeteners (I often put in Spice-flavored SF syrup, too). It works well and is very yummy. I buy pre-made WW unsweetened piecrusts and use that for the bottom, then cover the top in homemade struesel that is heavy on the whole grains and light on fats and sweeteners. It's delish!

You might want to try making them as just baked apples, adding some sweeter fruit (the blueberries mentioned above are a good idea) to sweeten them up. You could mix apple varieties, too.

I went apple picking yesterday and got a ton of varieties that I can't wait to taste and bake with! I found some crockpot recipes for unsweetened applesauce and apple butter, which looks SO fun. I'm most interested in the Northern Spy and Orange Cox apples. Sadly, I'm on P1 right now, so have to wait to taste. :drool:

sophie
10-02-2009, 11:26 AM
sorry my recipe should have gone under general apple thread not baked apples with yogurt.
take care
Sophie

beachgal
10-02-2009, 03:50 PM
No worries, Sophie. I moved it to a separate thread in the recipe forum. You can find it here: Baked Apple Recipe (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/desserts-phase-2/183219-baked-apple-recipe.html)

gothik butterfly
10-02-2009, 04:05 PM
oh man... i LOVE honeycrisps... i can't wait to get out of phase 1! i think honeycrisps are what i'm going to add in first!

kaplods
10-02-2009, 10:21 PM
I love Honeycrisp, and each year, they've gotten cheaper. The first year they were here, I discovered them at a farmer's market for $4 a lb, and didn't buy any because I thought that was an outrageous price for apples - then I saw them in the grocery store for $6 per pound). This year, they've averaged about $2.50 per pound (mostly huge apples).

I lucked out at the Aldi's yesterday, because they had bags of Honey crisp apples for $3.99 a bag (I think a half peck - so about 5 lbs). I wish I'd bought two bags, but our gocery budget is super, super tight this month (we moved yesterday into a new apartment). Luckily I didn't though anyway, because MIL and her new husband surprised us today with a housewarming gift when they visited about 3 weeks worth of groceries including a huge back of apples (jonathon) and also homemade breads and a casserole so we wouldn't have to cook during unpacking today (there's enough casserole for at least 6 meal-sized servings. We had it for lunch and dinner, and probably will have it for lunch again tomorrow).

Thighs Be Gone
10-02-2009, 11:10 PM
Thighs, I find making apple pies with G. Smiths to be very yummy! :T I just follow any old apple pie recipe and substitute a combo of Splenda, Stevia, Erythritol, and other sweeteners (I often put in Spice-flavored SF syrup, too). It works well and is very yummy. I buy pre-made WW unsweetened piecrusts and use that for the bottom, then cover the top in homemade struesel that is heavy on the whole grains and light on fats and sweeteners. It's delish!

You might want to try making them as just baked apples, adding some sweeter fruit (the blueberries mentioned above are a good idea) to sweeten them up. You could mix apple varieties, too.

I went apple picking yesterday and got a ton of varieties that I can't wait to taste and bake with! I found some crockpot recipes for unsweetened applesauce and apple butter, which looks SO fun. I'm most interested in the Northern Spy and Orange Cox apples. Sadly, I'm on P1 right now, so have to wait to taste. :drool:


Thank you so much. I made homemade applesauce with pork tenderloin last night. Mmm. I am baking your recipe (pie) tomorrow. Cannot wait!

Heidi58
10-03-2009, 11:50 AM
We don't have honycrisps out here. But my favorite that is local are jonagolds. They are a cross between Johanthan and Golden Delicios. Boy are they great!!!

My favorite thing to do with them is to make a mock stove cobbler with blueberries. Throw the blueberries in a frying pan and let them simmer until they pop and then add the apples sliced up and let them cook in the blueberry juice until tender. I also throw in some cinnamon and nutmeg while they are cooking. When they are just about done I add oatmeal to the mixture and let it cook a little bit until it is still a little crunchy. Sometime I have to add a little bit of apple juice or water to keep it moist. Sometime we add a little whipped topping or ice cream on the top and have a wonderful quick dessert.

This sounds soooo good! :)
I'm just starting phase 1 so it's a while before I'll be able to try it but I am looking forward to it in a few weeks.

Windchime
10-03-2009, 02:34 PM
Okay, another apple question. I bought G. Smith this week for .49/lb! They are gorgeous. I got them home and SOUR! SOUR! SOUR!

What to do with them? I could bake them but how would I sweeten without adding too much sugar? What about a pie? How would I use them for that? Any other ideas are welcome.

Granny Smiths are a really tart apple and I don't know anyone here (in the heart of apple growing country) who eats them plain. But they're great to bake with and when I make a pie or applesauce, I use Granny Smith apples. I haven't made either this year since I've been eating healthier so I don't really know how to do it other than with my old standby, sugar. I like the way the Granny Smith's hold up when you cook with them; they don't fall apart into mush like some other apples do.

Golden Delicious, Winter Banana, Pink Lady, Gala, Cameo........I love them all. I don't think I've tried Honey Crisp yet; I'm guessing we grow them here so I'll have to look. Jonathan's aren't grown too much around here anymore; I think our local fruit packing shed gets a bin or two a year. My cousin works there so he saves a box for my mom; she loves making pie and sauce out of Jonathans.

Lexxiss
10-04-2009, 08:20 AM
:yay: :carrot: Our local honeycrips are in! :hat: :yay: I had a huge one yesterday with nat'l PB and it was SOOOO good.

Anyone else have theirs yet?

Honeycrisp! Amazing stuff...Thanks to those of you who got me into these wonderful apples. I'm ready for a bushel and a peck! :s:

I've read these posts with envy the past two weeks, and to my suprise I found Colorado grown Honeycrisps at our farmers market yesterday. Tasty! A fabulous treat! I bought 4 and they'll have them again next week. They are a bit larger than most of our CO apples, but probably not quite the quality of your NY ones. Thanks for the heads up!

kaplods
10-04-2009, 11:42 AM
I do like granny smith as an eating apple, but not very often, because they are so sour. I used to buy them more often when there weren't so many varieties of apples available. They make wonderful caramel apples (which isn't very weight-conscious, but there are lower calorie alternatives).

I was craving a caramel apple several weeks ago A small, plain caramel apple (no nuts) has about 350 calories. Large caramel apples or those with added toppings are going to be a lot higher. So I went looking for a no sugar added caramel sauce, and compared labels and prices and bought the Smucker's brand (it comes in a plastic bottle that is meant to sit upside down on it's lid, so the caramel is always ready to pour). It does have 80 calories for 2 tablespoons, so it is not calorie free, but I was able to satisfy my caramel apple craving for 150 to 230 calories (depending on the size of apple) instead of 350 to 500 (less than half the calories of a caramel apple).

I core and slice the apples and dip it into the caramel sauce (I weigh it on my food scale to make sure I'm not overestimating my 2 tablespoons). I've used granny smith, honeycrisp, braeburn, and fuji so far.

Thighs Be Gone
10-04-2009, 01:26 PM
I did use the G. Smith to make my homemade applesauce. I used a couple of TBS. of Equal, a drizzle of honey and then organic cinnamon (which is much sweeter than reg. cinnamon). I just peeled them and sliced them. I put it all in a casserole and baked it @375 until the apples became the right consisntency.

It wasn't as sweet as typical applesauce but it made a very nice accompaniment to the pork tenderloin--sort of a topping.

Thighs Be Gone
10-04-2009, 01:27 PM
btw, I occasionally eat G. Smith apples too--by themselves....these that I have now though--no possible way to eat them alone.

CyndiM
10-04-2009, 03:50 PM
:carrot: I am now the proud owner of 1/2 bushel honey crisps and 1/2 bushel blue pearmains with a few russets thrown in. Tonight there will be apple drying :)