Apple Ideas Galore

| 11/6/2014 2:19:00 PM

Karrie SteelySeveral weeks ago a good friend invited me to pick apples. She works for a large IT company, and when the buildings were landscaped someone had the clever foresight to incorporate dwarf and semi-dwarf apple trees. The campus is mostly empty because the majority of people work from home offices now, so every year most of the apples go untouched. I ended up with five grocery bags full. There were still gobs of them that ended up rotting on the ground. Even the birds couldn’t keep up!

It didn’t occur to me until I got home to think of what I would do with all of those apples. They were stored in the cool garage, but not cool enough to keep them through the winter. I had to get busy!

juicing apples

fresh apple cider 

Apple cider was my first project. I ran the apples through a vegetable juicer after cutting the seeds and bad bits out. I canned the first batch, but found that the wonderful, rich apple flavor disappeared after being boiled. So over the weeks I made a few small batches, and we enjoyed the seasonal flavor while it lasted. Freezing the cider doesn’t seem to compromise the fresh apple taste, so I froze a few gallon bags as well. The cider was wonderful warmed and with a shot of spiced rum, a dollop of whipped cream, and a dash of cardamom or cinnamon!

meats and apple