The glorious apple harvest is coming in. Apples of many colors, sizes, and shapes are appearing at farmers markets and roadside stands.
My question is always, “Is this a cooking apple or one to be eaten fresh?” Not every vendor has an answer. In some cases they are not even certain of the name of the apple.
Here is a quick way to determine the cook-ability.
- Peel, core, and slice one apple.
- Heat a small heavy skillet.
- Melt a tablespoon of butter and toss in the apples.
- Let the apples cook on one side for about five minutes and then turn them over.
- Sprinkle on a little sugar just for fun. You will enjoy the apple tasting more with the sugar.
- Cook another five minutes or so until the apple slices are soft all the way through.
A good cooking apple with still have its shape. A non-cooker will be turning into applesauce. The flavor may be fine with the non-cooker, but the form is not suitable for an apple pie unless you like applesauce pie.