Our Apple Harvest
Yesterday, Marsha asked what we were going to do with all those apples in the photo of one of our apple trees. The answer is, probably nothing.
See, that’s the leftovers. And the temps went down into the teens last night, so although I went to our neighbors whose kids have come to pick apples earlier in the season (the White Trash family and the Illegal Immigrant family) and told them to pick whatever they wanted before the freeze came, I think those are there to stay.
But we don’t feel bad about not doing anything with those apples, and I’ll show you why:
See the blue tupperware? That’s a 4-liter container (so, almost 2 gallons). Filled with applesauce. This is our fifth full container of the season. Whenever we’ve run out, the Consort has made another batch of applesauce for us to eat.
Not only that, but you notice the quart jar in the picture? That’s one of 20 jars of applesauce we put away for the winter. (That’s more than one quart a week for the winter months!)
Also? The pie dish underneath it? That represents the bags of frozen pre-sliced apples in the freezer. Enough for three apple pies.
Oh, the Consort also made some dried apple rings. We don’t have a dryer (it is an energy hog), so he did these in the oven. They aren’t completely dry (i.e., they won’t keep all that long), so we have been snacking on them in the past week or so.
And that big 5-gallon (so it says; it seems like more to me!) bucket? Full of apples. It’s one of two we’ve got. Did I mention, full of apples?
I’ve also made two apple cakes (really, sheet cakes — in 9 x 13 baking dishes), with a recipe very similar to this one. (I prefer it without the frosting, the girls like it better with the frosting — either way, it’s delicious.)
We’re having a professorial get-together tomorrow evening, and originally I was going to make a third apple cake. But then I happened upon an apple tart in puff pastry. And I think I may make that, instead. (But without the homemade puff pastry, I don’t have the time this week.)
So, yeah. We don’t feel guilty about the apples left on the tree.
Edit: I forgot to mention the apples we just ate off the tree, every day!