Friday, October 29, 2010

Apples Apples Bo-Fapples

Friends, there is a serious Apple Situation going on here! Just today I got my three biggest pots and filled them to overflowing with apples from our small-but-powerful apple tree. In fact, I needed a whole 'nother overflow pot.... which was a re-purposed basin for a giant garden pot.

First I picked through and took out all the unblemished and bug-free apples. Those go straight to trays in the garage, where they will stay cool and fresh and can be enjoyed without a sharp knife and fear-of-bugs. This year I actually got a pretty good number of such apples, which is really nice. Usually it's about 20%, but I'd say more like 35-40% this year. Woooooot!

Next up, sort out the pretty decent, but must-be-used-sooner ones. Those include apples with bruises from falling off the tree, little dings or nicks, a little mini rotten spot, a few small buggy bits, and so on. Finally, I was left with the crazy-buggy, but still-worth-keeping pile. Those are ones that will be cooked into applesauce or dehydrated into apple slices. Obviously, there was also a big 5-gallon bucket full of totally mushy or not-worth-fighting-over icky apples.

While I was in the midst of all this picking and sorting and general Apple TLC, the phone rang. I clamored out from under the apple tree, raced through the backyard, and ran in the kitchen. It's my awesome mom on the phone! Why is she calling, you ask? Well, she wants to know if I have any extra apples so that she can make applesauce with my brother's son and friend . Yes! So, some of these lightly dinged apples have already found a happy home. Usually I use the super buggy apples for apple sauce, but I didn't want to run the risk of totally freaking out the youngsters with apples full of rotten bits and bugs. I don't want to turn off any budding agricultural friends!

So, apples apples fee-fi-fo-fapples. I've got 'em. Plus, there are still about as many, if not more, left on the tree! Applesauce, dried apples, apple cake, apple cinnamon rolls, maybe some canned apple pie filling. Fresh apples, apple slices with peanut butter. What am I forgetting? What's your favorite apple recipe?

9 comments:

  1. Boringly enough, my favorite way to eat apples is chopped up small in oatmeal. But apple cinnamon rolls sure sound good. And did you forget apple crips?

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  2. http://tofuguru.net/show/cats-epic-apple-pie

    you're welcome.
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    kittee

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  3. wow you can make some apple preserves for the winter...great harvest.

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  4. Wow, that sounds like an awesome haul. Now I'm just jealous that I don't have any apple trees :(

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  5. Beautiful apples! My Granny Smith apple trees only have a few left on them. I had so many this year I was giving them away to everyone before the birds got to them all.

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  6. My favorite way to eat apples is plain and whole! But I would eat some of that apple cake you make without complaining.

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  7. I am not a huge apple fan, so when I end up with an excess of apples, I chop them up leaving the peels on, throw them in the crockpot with some cinnamon and unrefined sugar, and simmer until it turns into apple butter. Then I puree with a hand blender and eat on toast :)

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  8. My current weakness is cold sliced apples with almond butter. Yum...yum....yum

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  9. Ooh! I love this! All we have in our yard is citrus. The lemon tree is producing like crazy right now, but I want apples!

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