Seeing Stars

cross section of apple
@GardenGerty (93674)
Marion, Kansas
February 13, 2016 8:18am CST
Did you know that when you slice across an apple you find a five pointed star in the middle? I have a dehydrator, and I got some apples at a really good price at the grocery store. They sell bags of less than perfect produce for 99 cents. I had about a dozen apples that I needed to use up so I made apple rings. They turned out really good. They make a good snack, will be tasty in granola as well. I have jars of peppers I dried year before last that I can add to soups. Later this week I will make some jerky, as I got fajita sliced beef for 40% off. Maybe I am seeing dollar signs, not stars.
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@amnabas (9956)
• Karachi, Pakistan
13 Feb 16
But they disappeared dollar signs.
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Feb 16
I see dollar signs when I think of ways to save money.
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@amadeo (54020)
• United States
13 Feb 16
Your right on the apple.Does look like a star just like you.
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Feb 16
What a sweetheart you are. I hope you and Mike have a good day.
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@zebra2222 (4938)
• United States
13 Feb 16
I didn't know that. A star is born.
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Feb 16
Amazing, isn't it. When I worked in a preschool there was a Christmas story about it.
@Juliaacv (25962)
• Canada
14 Feb 16
I love eating peeled apple slices, they are delicious, but I've never tried a dehydrator, so am not familiar with how they'd taste.
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Feb 16
dried apples
I only dipped them in a lemon solution and they are dried like a chip and taste very "apple-y".You can buy apple chips for about $2 a bag, usually sweetened and very thin. If you can set your oven to 150 you can use it like a dehydrator.
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@Juliaacv (25962)
• Canada
14 Feb 16
@GardenGerty I'll have to try it, I do like baked apples, apple sauce, apple cobbler, apple dumplings, well, you get the idea I think!
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• United States
14 Feb 16
@GardenGerty I spritz mine with lemon juice too. Sometimes I sprinkly a little cinnamon on the tops too.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
13 Feb 16
I love my dehydrator, best jerky there. Applesauce is good too, healthier fruit strips.
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Feb 16
I am going to be using mine a lot more since we moved. I used to make jerky all the time and wore out my first one that I bought used. I got a big one at Cabellas two years ago.
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• Centralia, Missouri
14 Feb 16
@GardenGerty I had jerky going in mine before I left work this morning.
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Feb 16
@Jessicalynnt mine is marinating, will go in for overnight.
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• United States
13 Feb 16
Dollar signs are good Yes I never thought of that, there is indeed a star in apples. Nature so fascinating. Nice you have a food dehydrator GG. Used to have one to make jerky.
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Feb 16
What I did not realize until just recently is that I could just use an oven set on 150. I have also seen instructions for solar dehydrators.
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• United States
14 Feb 16
@GardenGerty Oh that is something I did not realize either.
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Feb 16
@TiarasOceanView If I had realized that I would not have bought this pricey piece of equipment.
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@MarymargII (8722)
• Toronto, Ontario
14 Feb 16
What a great and thrifty thing to do. You know, I must have sliced a thousand apples in my life and never noticed the stars!
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Feb 16
I love getting reduced price produce at the grocery and using it up. I think grown ups need things like stars pointed out to us.
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• Toronto, Ontario
15 Feb 16
@GardenGerty haha- I will now look for those stars when I next eat an apple! And you're right GG- we grownups also need stars once in awhile!
@JudyEv (108174)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
I love dried apple chips. I would quite like to have a dehydrator.
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Feb 16
You can do this in your oven. Not sure of the celsius conversion, but if you can set an oven to 150 F it works. I have also seen instructions for doing it solar.
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@JudyEv (108174)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Feb 16
@GardenGerty I knew that but had forgotten. It won't be hard to find instructions on the net.
@LoriAMoore (4890)
• United States
14 Feb 16
I did not know that. How cool.
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Feb 16
I learned or had it pointed out to me at preschool.
@TheHorse (56722)
• Pleasant Hill, California
14 Feb 16
I'd never noticed the star. I'll have to check next time.
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Feb 16
We do not usually cut apples that way unless we want to make apple rings. I strung dried apples and orange slices and cinnamon sticks at Christmas once.
• United States
13 Feb 16
Oh I love our dehydrator. Hubby made some venison jerky last year. He used a boxed mix and it was way too salty. He plans on making more, but will use a recipe that doesn't use as much salt. I make dehydrated apples quite a bit. They are so good. I toss them in a container and keep them in my car to snack on. Haven't tried other fruits or vegetables. Perhaps this year when we have a garden I will try more vegetables. Maybe some blueberries when I go picking.
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Feb 16
I have not made jerky in years since I wore out our first dehydrator. The recipe I use calls for soy sauce, but I have heard that there is some kind of yeast extract that tastes salty.
@Corbin5 (88955)
• United States
13 Feb 16
Nature sure does provide us with so much beauty when we take the time to notice. I like seeing those stars when I cut apples.
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Feb 16
Apples on sale
I used a tiny cooky cutter to cut out around the seeds. I loved the bags of apples that had every color of apple you could imagine.
@andriaperry (38738)
• United States
13 Feb 16
I was disappointed in myself when I went for the dried apples and I found them moist, I swear they were dry when I removed them from the dehydrator.
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Feb 16
I am afraid that may happen to mine, as I put them in a big glass container that does not seal tightly. Of course we may eat them all first.
@Ladypeace (2071)
• Singapore
13 Feb 16
After this I would like a dehydrator. Never tried one before.
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Feb 16
They are nice to have if you have room to use them.
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• Philippines
13 Feb 16
Oh yes I see a star in the middle of the apple. Did you use the dozen all for apple rings?
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Feb 16
Yes, I did. We like apples and I will also put some in some homemade granola.
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14 Feb 16
i've never thought of taking beef to make jersey. good idea. i love beef jerky
@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Feb 16
I used to buy steaks and freeze them to slice thinly. I could not resist this that was already cut.
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14 Feb 16
@GardenGerty such a good idea! how do you season it?
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@GardenGerty (93674)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Feb 16
@jillybean1222 There are all kinds of recipes online. I will make mine slightly sweet and hot, this time. Pretty standard recipes call for Soy sauce, worstchestershire sauce, liquid smoke and then spices that you like. Black pepper and garlic are in this one. I put some honey and balsamic vinegar and some hot sauce this time.
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@Morleyhunt (17863)
• Canada
9 Mar 16
When my children were young, I had purchased a dehydrator. It was in constant use during the late summer and fall months drying apples. They were such a delicious treat.
• United States
15 Feb 16
I never realized that an apple had a star in the middle