Apples and Pomegranates....
DH just came back from working "up north" (Northern California) with a HUGE bag of self-picked apples (He knows someone up there with a very prolific tree)...they are somewhere between winesaps and granny smiths, tasty, sweet and tart..
We are bored with apple pie, can you believe it? Applesauce is a given (my last batch from these apples was wonderful...) but I'm wondering: anyone have any good apple chutney recipes? anything else chowhounds can suggest?
And while I'm at it: It is hard to believe that the small pomegranate tree in front of my new house is so prolific, but it is. About 50 pomegranates need to be eaten NOW or the birds will get them. I love pomegranates, but this is getting ridiculous. Is there an easy way to juice them? probably not, but does anybody have any brilliant ideas other than taking them all to work and letting the staff have a free-for-all?
I think it's wonderful that you have a pomegranate tree in your front yard. All I have is a concrete beach!
Here's a link with pomegranate juicing info:
Sounds like a bit of work, but since you have so many, if might be worth spending a day juicing.
The following links have recipes for apple chutney. I haven't tried any of them so I can't vouch; I've only made quince chutney and apple butter. My money is on the epicurious recipe, but it's up to your taste.
BTW, there were a number of other recipes, including ingredients like cranberry, orange and green tomatoes. Google and you will see...
I'm struggling with a similar dilemma - finding the best way to make pomegranate syrup when fruit prices are low right now. Make and freeze the syrup now, enjoy fesenjan later!
In the meantime, the California pomegranate folks have some ideas:
BTW the 'bowl of water' method of separating the arils is easy and effective.
Thanks for the idea, keep them coming. btw, DH already knew the "bowl of water" trick...he said he learned it growing up in India.
We learned today that pomegranate seeds make a great "nibble" while watching football....and certainly healthier than chips!!
I liked the recipe that was in there for a cucumber/pomegranate salad...I'm going to try that (or a variation) tomorrow. It will go well with hubby's mung dal he's planning (mung beans are being sprouted today...).
btw, stupid question: if I put pomegranate seeds in plastic baggies, would they freeze ok? These pomegranates are pretty tasty; wouldn't it be nice to have some all year round?
btw, stupid question: if I put pomegranate seeds in plastic baggies, would they freeze ok?
Was just about to reply to your original post when I saw you had asked the question....yes, pom arils freeze beautifully - especially if you have a Food Saver or one of those Ziplock vacuum sealers. I froze several baggies worth a couple of years ago after getting 15 or so pomegranates from a friend in the San Diego area. I really enjoyed having the arils available to me for use throughout the year. I learned to defrost the arils on several sheets of paper towels and the blot the top so try and get them relatively dry before using. There is *some* degradation, but they're still usable.
Follow up: I decided to make the cucumber/pomegranate salad today, but when I printed out the recipe I realized I had no idea what "angelica powder" is, much less have any....I googled it and found its a root, sort of like ginseng maybe? Anyway, I wasn't going to search for some, so modified the recipe a bit...and hubby loved it!
Basically I took cucumber, diced it, added chopped chives and three kinds of herbs: mint, cilantro, and flat leaf parsley...along with lime juice (instead of lime slices as in the recipe), a generous amount of pomegranate seeds, salt, pepper, a teaspoon of sugar, and a dash of cumin. Oh, and some diced apples....just to get rid of them (lol!) Anyway, it made a tasty salad that went very well with hubbie's mung dal.....
chiles en nogada, and invite me for dinner! :-)
Just saw this recipe today:
by the way, I've seen a similar recipe from Rick Bayless that uses apples; you could probably substitute apples for the pears in this one and kill two fruits with one stone! :-)
One of my favorite salads is diced parmesan and diced peeled apples. Make them the same size so you can't see the difference and toss with salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar and olive oil. That's really all it needs to be delicious, but I'm thinking that pomegranate seeds thrown into the mix would add some awesome texture.