Applesauce and Apple Cider Vinegar from Them Apples
Is there any irony in a doctor who creates a line of apple products and reminds us of the old adage that eat an apple a day? David Pitts is a practicing physician who works in Johns Creek and lives in Dawsonville. Living in an area of northern Georgia rich in apple orchards, he was able to satisfy both his love of fruit and his scientific curiosity by imagining things to do with apples. Apple cider pressing provided not only fresh cider but also the means to make apple cider vinegar. The pulp of making cider gave it the raw material for applesauce (both traditionally sweetened with sugar, or sugar-free and sweetened with stevia) and apple butter. We tried the applesauce (love the thick texture and the little cinnamon in the mix) and the vinegar. The vinegar smells like fresh apple, with a hint of yeast that turns cider into vinegar. It would be delicious in a brine for lightly marinating veggies, and works great for stews, like that batch of birria you might be making this weekend.
$ 7.99 per 16-ounce jar of applesauce or 16-ounce bottle of vinegar. Available at Alpharetta Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings and at themappleproducts.com.
Apple shrub from Old North Shrub. Courtesy of Peter Taylor
Credit: PETER TAYLOR
Credit: PETER TAYLOR
Old North Shrub Apple Shrub
Jamie Swofford is a chef-turned-farmer who works on third-generation family land in Shelby, NC, where he grows produce he sells to restaurants and researches ingredients he supplies to local breweries. A request from a brewery to create a soft drink turned its attention to shrubs, a drink with a history dating back to colonial times. The name of its line of shrubs, Old North Shrub, aptly comes from the early 1700s nickname for North Carolina, the Old North State. The shrubs drink vinegars, usually cut with water – we like ours with soda or seltzer water. They are tangy, but also a little sweet. It produces five varieties of shrubs, made from farmed ingredients and wild products. We tried the Pink Lady, made with Pink Lady apples, organic apple cider vinegar, apple molasses and spicy ginger, bay leaf and spice berry. There is nothing sweet sweet about this shrub. Check the website for cocktail recipes including combining this shrub with rye whiskey, bourbon, or brandy. We can’t wait to try his Pine & Dandy next.
$ 13 per 8 ounce bottle. $ 22 per 16 ounce bottle. $ 6 shipping for three or more bottles. Available at oldnorthshrub.com.To exploreMore essential food products
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