Monday, September 21, 2015

It's Fresh Apple Season

From late August through October, apples ripen and appear almost everywhere. If you've been lucky enough to come across a glut of fall apples, there are several ways you can use and keep them.

The easiest way is to put them in cold storage. Depending on how many you have, you might be able to imply fill a refrigerator crisper drawer with them. They will keep months in there. If you don't have room for that, find the coolest place in the house. Basements and rooms with outside walls are usually the coolest. Set up a cardboard box for them by insulating it with newspaper, bottom sides and top.

Carefully sort through the apples, putting aside the ones that are bruised, cut or otherwise damaged. Only put the best in cold storage and sort through them regularly. The saying "One bad apple spoils the barrel" comes from real life.

The second way is to make and can applesauce. Home canned applesauce is so much better than store bought, so if your family likes it, it's well worth a little trouble. Follow instructions in the Ball Blue Book or from Pick Your Own

You can also can apple pie filling, which is really handy when you want a fresh apple pie! Again, Pick Your Own has easy instructions.

If you're not into applesauce or canning, you can simply make apple pies with the recipe there and put them in the freezer. Apple Pies Made to Freeze  tells you exactly how to do that.

More ideas? How about apple juice or jelly? Either one is easy to make. Don't let the harvest pass you by! If you know someone who has an apple tree, or can find one free for the picking, get out there and get them. Ask around; look around.

There are no doubt other ways to use and save apples. If you do something different or have another idea entirely, let us all know in the comments, please!

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