What’s the Difference Between Cooking Apples and Eating Apples?

Have you ever been plagued by this question while standing in the produce isle, staring at a farmers’ market stand, or walking through an apple orchard?


“I’d love to try something with apples this Fall – but I always forget what kind I’m supposed to pick for cooking versus eating.”


Tell me it’s not just me.


I know I can’t be the only one that gets confused by apples and what kinds are good for pies, what other varieties are best for salads. The last thing you want is an apple the breaks down to mush when you’re baking a pie. But what about applesauce? A mushier apple might make good sense. And how about blending the two – some baked apple goods taste better when you mix the taste of a sweet apple with a tart apple!


This post answers the common question, “What’s the difference between cooking apples and eating apples?”


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Juicy, tangy tart McIntosh has a tender, white flesh. It’s best used for snacking and applesauce, but some people enjoy its tart flavor in pies as well.



This crispy, juicy, very sweet apple is ideal for snacking. Galas can vary in color, from cream to red- and yellow-striped.



Goldens have a pale yellow skin, sometimes with a red blush. Mellow and sweet, all-purpose Goldens are great for eating, baking and salads. Their crisp, pale yellow flesh resists browning, making them a good choice for salads and other dishes.



This sweet, crispy, juicy apple varies in color from striped red to solid midnight red. This apple is best eaten fresh or in salads.



Grannys are known for their distinctive green flesh, which sometimes bears a red blush, and their very tart flavor. An all-purpose apple, Grannys work equally well as a snack or in pies and sauce.



This variety’s popularity is skyrocketing, thanks to its sweet flavor and firmness. Fuji apples are bi-colored, typically striped with yellow and red.


And, you know what would be nice? A big chart with all the apples, when to use them, and how they taste. Well…


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A big thank you to the US Apple Association for helping to clear up any apple confusion!


2013 Best of Frederick (It’s Time to Vote!)

Warm up your typing fingers, ponder our great city, and start thinking about your favorite Frederick, Md., destinations, restaurants, hair salons AND…



(You should be voting for my blog (a)Musing Foodie in case you need a gentle reminder.)

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That’s right – it’s time to vote in the 2013 Best of Frederick with Frederick Magazine! It only takes a few minutes to breeze through their easy-peasy updated form and mark down your favorite EVERYTHING in our great town.

Share this, tell your friends, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, vote for (a)Musing Foodie in the Best Blog category!


My Fox Baltimore TV Appearance for the Food Lion Cook-Off Win

You might remember waaaaaaaay back in July when RoniSarah and I took part in the Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off.


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Along with goodies and a trophy, it turns out we also landed ourselves a spot on Fox Baltimore’s Saturday morning show in August. We had three incredibly short long minutes to make our meal, talk about the food, and show the finished plate.


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Wanna see? I think we did pretty good for a bunch of amateurs!



3 Reasons Why I Don’t Diet.

I. Don’t. Diet.


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I know many chronic dieters, however. The ones who find some sort of new trend to follow every year: pills, cleanses, all protein, no fat, Paleo, and gluten-free (yes, for some going gluten-free is a necessity – for others it’s the latest and greatest diet thing since sliced rice bread), and many, many others.


Some adopt a new diet program for health reasons, and others in a desperate ( and hopefully easy) attempt to lose weight.


In our house we thought my husband might have to adopt a new diet since being diagnosed with diabetes late last year. Turns out, after some research and reading on my part, our diet didn’t have to change much at all. Sure, when he drinks a soda it’s a diet (although I believe he could have one made with real sugar and probably be okay). But all the changes we were preparing to make? Removing sugar? Limiting carbs? We haven’t had to do any of it.


We eat sensibly here in our house. And, by sensibly, I certainly don’t mean we never have sweets. Or that we’re all organic all the time. Or even that we always eat brown rice and whole wheat pasta.


Hey, remember? I’m a foodie with a cooking blog. You guys see what we eat for dinner and dessert a lot, especially if you’re following me on Instagram or Facebook.


Caramel Apple Cobbler!

Raspberry Crumble!

Chicken Noodle Casserole!


There’s no special trick to being healthy, or to staying at a happy weight. We just watch our portions, and try to eat well-balanced, colorful, unprocessed, from-scratch meals.


Point is, “diets” aren’t a lifestyle change. Most diets aren’t setting you up for a long term way of eating that will work towards your body’s advantage, both in fat burning and metabolism.


Plus? Exercise is important! You don’t have to run marathons, but you do have to get your heart pumpin’ every now and again.


In short, here are the 3 reasons why I don’t diet:


1. Diets aren’t about a lifestyle change.

They’re an attempt at a quick fix, and often times not sustainable. How can you expect to lose weight, get healthy, and/or feel good if it’s short-lived?


2. Diets are not practical.

I’m a foodie. I like to eat what I want, when I want. I’m not talking about gorging, but there’s nothing more frustrating  than going out to eat with someone who’s on a voluntary diet (i.e. not related to food allergies) and can’t join in on the yumminess.


3. Diets are often not really helping the weight-loss cause, nor are they very healthy.

Your body was made to absorb vitamins from food. But that only works if you’re eating a wide variety of fruits, veggies, fats, and protein. And, those “low calorie” drinks, snacks and frozen meals? Well, they can actually make you more hungry, and make it more difficult to lose weight. Marketers are smart, and they’re good at their job. Many people believe chemical-laden processed “low calorie” foods are actually better for them than the real deal. They believe that diet food = a healthier option (Um, no. Google obesogens.).


Eat the real stuff, people. Whole food does a body good.


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A controlling mother, a missing daughter, and a family who is desperate for love. This post was inspired by the the psychological thriller Mother, Mother by Zoren Zailckas. Join From Left to Write on September 19 as we discuss Mother, Mother. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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