We had an exceptional, plentiful year of apples.
Many were hand-picked, some bartered, some given away,
many bruised but always used.
To hand pick some most delicious, sweet, sauce apples, I lifted Bill high in the bucket of the tractor as he filled pail after pail.
This is just one of our late varieties which needs to have a couple nights of frost before they sweeten. They also fall to the ground quickly after and have to be picked up before the deer and bear beat us to them.
The animals do manage to get their share throughout the fall.
These were amazing this year, and of such nice size and not a blemish. Because these do not hold up well, they have to be used within a few weeks. I wish I could share the names of some of these but I don't know what they are either.
From just one of these 2 trees alone, we gathered 8 bags and 3 large buckets. Last year, we had no apples at all due to late spring frosts that killed the blossoms. It was the first time in 32 yrs. that I did not have apples to make sauce. What a great harvest this year......so, I had to get busy.
I peeled, dehydrated, bagged and froze so many apples., but they are sure to taste great in the middle of a cold winter as....
Golden crusted Apple Crisp, one of my favorite ways to use those
The Sweet 16's are a family favorite, another that likes to sweeten up after a couple of harsh freezes. There are still a few apples high in the tree even after the snow and cold we've already had.
Almost any apple will produce an applesauce, but nothing beats the sugary flavor of the Macintosh for pink sauce that barely needs added sweetener. I only used 1/4 cup of sugar to every 8 qts. of applesauce and it could have gone without any.
Have you ever made Apple Butter in your faithful crockpot?
It's become my favorite way other than the oven. And what a pleasure on morning toast.
Apple Butter, Applesauce, Jumbo Apple Turnovers, and
of course, Gingerbread!
I'm getting tired of all those apples.
All kidding aside, we have sure been blessed with a bountiful harvest this year. Not just with apples, but so much more.
One day, I promise to share the ' size ' of it all. So far,
Life's Been Great
Thanks So Much for Stopping