Preserving the Apple Harvest

The excitement in the air was palpable as we stuck the very last apple onto the apple peeler-corer device yesterday afternoon. Spin, spin, spin... done! "Yaaaay!" we cheered as we put the task of processing three hundred pounds of apples behind us.

What a blessing it was when a few friends asked my dear hubby if we would like to pick apples from their trees. It must have been a good year for apples in our Montana area, and we are thankful for the generosity of kind friends with backyard apple trees! (And how lovely that they say that our menfolk helped them by picking their excess fruit... I guess it was a good thing all around!) {smile}

It took several days for us to get through the bountiful harvest. And I made use of the apples along the way... during our preserving endeavors I made a few yummy cakes, a pie, an apple crisp or two, apple butter, and I think it is a conservative estimate to say we have gone through at least two gallons of applesauce already.

But most of those many pounds of apples went into our freezer. And here is what I ended up with...

3 gallon buckets of applesauce
9 quarts of applesauce in jars
13 gallons of sliced apples

Oh how happy I will be to have all of that apple-y goodness at-the-ready in months to come!

The apples join four gallons of chokecherries that I froze earlier this season. And next, I plan to set up my vegetable shredder and deal with a couple of enormous zucchini and yellow squash.

So it looks as though apple preserving season has come to an end in my homestead kitchen. I am glad... and I have apple stained hands and a passel of memories to savor from the afternoons our tribe spent working together and laughing and talking and getting those many, many apples done. Yay indeed!


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