Apple Overload

Sometimes — in the garden, in work, in home life — you just have to face that big task and DO IT! That was my situation on Sunday when I finally faced up to the massive pile of apples waiting to be processed.

The apples.
The apples.

To say this has been a good year for apples in Minnesota is an understatement. Everywhere, the apples have been prolific, perhaps due to our late but very wet spring or maybe (in my case) to my apple cider trick, which once again led to lots of pollination of my two apple trees.

Whatever the reason, I’ve been picking and processing for several weeks. I tried giving away some of the apples and had a few takers, but this plastic bin was still out front on Sunday morning. So, I started peeling and prepping and ended up with:

12 pints of applesauce;

4 baked, then frozen apple crisps;

4 apple pie fillings, now frozen, to which I will add crusts at the appropriate time.

My trees still have a few apples on them that are too high for me to pick, even with a very clever apple-picking device that my neighbor gave to me. I will pick those off the ground as they fall and either eat or dispose of the fruit.

More than two bankers' boxes of peels, cores and bad bits went to the compost pile.
More than two bankers’ boxes of peels, cores and bad bits went to the compost pile.

 

2 Replies to “Apple Overload”

  1. I don’t have my own apples, so I can just keep buying wonderful apples, old varieties, from local orchards at least until Christmas. But we are eating a lot of apples right now. Wonderful.

  2. Amazing ideas! I also have a lot of apples and I don’t know what to do with them. I already gave some to the neighbors and I still have too much. Thanks for this article! Regards!

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