What Makes A Great Baking Apple?

By: Cherie Carb

Want to know what a great baking apple is? It is an apple with a skin tough enough not to break down during baking. It is an apple with sweet and tart in it's flavor.
An example is the Cortland Apple. Cortland Apple is a great baking apple. It is available in the fall of the year, around September.
Cortland Apples were a cross breed apple. It came to be at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station 1898.
The name of the Cortland Apple came from the county in New York, Cortland County, which gets it's name from Mr. Pierre Van Cortlandt.
Mr. Cortlandt was the president of the convention that wrote the 1st New York State constitution. He also was the first lieutenant governor as well.
Cortland Apples are a juicy apple, which is another reason for it to be a great baking apple. It possesses a sweet taste with a bit of tart in there. The inside of the apple is a white where as some apples are more toward yellow.
Baking is not all these apples are great for. They make great additions to a fruit salad or kabobs or garnishes for other items. How about with crackers and cheese on a plate? Yum!
To pick a good apple at the stand or grocer, test your Cortlands for firmness. In the palm of your hand, your apple should feel firm and heavy.
Also check it's skin. Is the outer layer wrinkling? If so, pass on the apple. Make sure it has the tough skin. Because if it is wrinkling it was in the cold too long or not long enough.
To keep the Cortands fresh, place them in your frig where it is cool. These apples won't freeze. I mean unless your frig gets below 28F, then what else did you freeze?
If you want to keep your slices looking fresh, or your kabobs, rub lemon juice on the apple pieces before serving them. It will keep them from discoloring so fast.
Enjoy these great apples today. There are other great baking apples too. Check your local orchards or produce stands. Taste on fresh off the tree, that is best anyway!

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