Thursday, October 8, 2009
Apples, Apples, Apples
We are so excited to have apples this year. If you have an apple tree, you know that they produce heavily every other year-- and this is the year!
Two years ago, I had new-baby-brain and when asked by a neighbor "Can we have some apples?" I answered, "take as many as you'd like."
The neighbor brought a truck, an apple picker and several friends. They cleaned my tree. And left me enough wormy apples to clean and cut into a pie. One of the wives brough me half an apple quickbread loaf and a pint of apple jelly (from someone else's apples).
Would you have cleaned an apple tree or would you have taken a few grocery bags?
Being extremely grateful this yearThis year, we're taking full advantage of our lovely apple tree. The variety, Winter Banana, has a very light colored skin, with a little blush to them. And they are wonderful for eating, sauce, pie. Not overly sweet, but crunchy and not too tart, they are now my favorite type of apple.
We've been trying to wash, core, peel and then do something with the apples every night.
On Monday we froze bags of apples, last night Eric made gallons of apple sauce and then boiled the peels/cores in stock pot of water, then strained makes a wonderful apple cider. And you've used all of the the apple, the mush from the strained apples will go to feed the chickens, or our friends pigs.
Any good apple recipes? I'm dying to try something new.
Though I've had two requests today for apple crisp. We're going to be baking up a storm this weekend-- which sounds amazing.