To say it was apple season around here would be an understatement. The orchards are alive with the apple pickers radio tunes and full apple boxes ready for market.
Apples hanging on the trees, filling up the crates and rolling around the ground. With so many apples around you must get creative and find ways to deal with them, you can only eat so many fresh apples and only store so many for later enjoyment.
I thought I would share a a few ideas for apple overload if you are finding yourself in a similar situation.
This is an easy apple recipe :
3 large apples
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
l large garlic clove chopped fine
1/2 red pepper diced
1/2 cup seedless raisins
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cud cider vinegar
1TBL Dijon mustard
salt & pepper
Core apples and chop with skin on. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and continue stirring until apples and onions are tender and liquid has reduced. Cool and refrigerate.
1 cup of sliced dried apple rings
1 cup dried lemon geranium
3 cups of dried berries, flowers and small pine cones
4 dried tiny pomegranates
15 drops of cinnamon oil
10 drops of clove oil
5 drops of apple fragrance oil
10 cinnamon sticks
3TBL of fixative (orrisroot chips)
Place fixative and oils in a covered jar for a couple of weeks to blend. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add the scented mixture cover tightly and shake to mix well. Cure mixture for 1 week. Pour into a decorative basket or glass container and place on table. For gifts place in decorative bags with ribbon and tie.
Dried Apple Slices for Apple Crafts
Wash apples and pat dry removing the top stem
Cut apple into 1/4 inch slices with a sharp knife beginning at the stem end
Place apple slices in a bowl of 1TBL of lemon juice and water for 20 seconds to prevent browning
Arrange apple slices on a wire rack inside a baking pan. Do not let them touch each other
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. and bake apples for 4 hours to oven dry. Turn off oven and leave apples in oven for about another 8 hours to finish drying
Let apples air dry for another 2 to 3 days
Store in sealed container for later use
There are many crafts with apples such as apple dolls or apple wreaths.