We had a great trip to Skytop Orchard earlier this fall but nothing beats apples off of your own tree. We decided it was time to claim them before the squirrels and deer collaborated to eat the entire harvest. I tried not to look while Bill balanced his ladder on uneven ground and filled several boxes with apples.
We were amazed that we got this many when all we have done to the poor apple tree the last few years is ignore it.
We filled one drawer of the fridge with apples to eat over the next month or so and made a tasty apple crisp using a Rachel Ray recipe we have used for several years. We double the crust and it usually takes longer than the recipe says to get done but it is tasty and very easy. Here is a link to the recipe if you want to try it yourself. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/30-minute-meals/apple-crisp-recipe/index.html
We also canned 10 quarts and 1 pint of apple sauce. Usually we peel and core the apples, add a little lemon juice and cinnamon, and cook them till soft. Then they mash apart as we stir and we put away a rustic lumpy applesauce. This time since the apples were from our tree and we knew they hadn’t been sprayed we washed and cored them then cooked them and used the Foley food mill before canning. It definitely made a smoother texture and I think it did save a little time.
Now the pantry is full of applesauce. The kids will be eating well this winter.