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Norcold RV Fridge Factory Tour & Jana's Zucchini Mock Apple Pie - Sidney, OH

Serves: Pie serves 8     Difficulty: Easy     Meal: Dessert     Great for potlucks!

From my RV kitchen

Not too long ago we were traveling through Ohio and were invited by our Norcold RV refrigerator friends to stop by the plant and see how they make these indispensable RV appliances. We spent the day visiting with their dedicated staff members, walking the production line, learning why they do things the way they do and getting some of our practical questions answered.

For instance, where's the best, coldest spot in your Norcold freezer to store your ice cream, how does the fridge light know when to turn on and off and why exactly do I need a screwdriver to remove my fridge shelves? We've got the answers and more in this how's it made RV TV episode.

By the way, my factory tour guide Fritz told me that while Norcold does not offer public tours, if an RVer is in the Sidney, Ohio area and wants to see how a Norcold RV refrigerator is made they can give the plant a call and ask for a private tour. Fritz and his RV fridge friends would be delighted to oblige! And tell 'em your friends at the RV Cooking Show sent you!

You can learn more about Norcold products by visiting their website.

One of the really neat people I met in Sidney was a gal named Jana. She's been with Norcold over 20 years and makes a mean Zucchini Mock Apple Pie with the abundant zucchini her husband Don grows in their garden. She was kind enough to share the recipe with the RV Cooking Show and I've included it on this page. You can also learn more about Jana and get her Plain Ole Zucchini Pie recipe by visiting our blog.


Jana's Zucchini Mock Apple Pie courtesy of Jana Douglas

6 c zucchini peeled, cored and chunky sliced
1/4 c fresh squeezed lemon juice
1-1/4 c sugar
1-1/2 t apple pie spice
2 T minute tapioca or flour

9-inch unbaked pastry pie shell

Streusel Topping:

1/2 c brown sugar
1 c flour
1/2 c butter


In a large saucepan combine zucchini with lemon juice, sugar and apple pie spice.

Simmer over medium heat until zucchini is fork tender but not mushy (about 20 minutes).

Remove from heat and add tapioca or flour.

Pour into prepared unbaked pie shell. Sprinkle with streusel topping (combine brown sugar and flour and cut in butter until crumbly).

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until pie is bubbly and browned.

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