I had never been anywhere to pick apples, except the local Stop and Shop, and now that I'm a professional canner, I plan to can lots of applesauce while the apples are still brand new.
Thus, my master plan to go to an orchard and pick apples since it's September in New England and that's what I'm supposed to do. Then I'm going to come home and make a million jars of applesauce.
On Sunday, k-ster, my sister e-ster and her crew all went apple picking. According to her, it was only a half hour from her house. And it was, plus about another half hour more.
I wasn't sure what to expect, but I pictured lots of rows of trees with people standing guard to make sure you didn't take more than your fair share or harm the trees. I was pretty surprised when it was all independent and no one cared what you did as long as you didn't cross the yellow ropes. Which people did anyway to sneak a few apples.
I wanted to know which types of apples I was picking, but there were no signs. Just lots of red apples, red and green apples and greenish apples. All kinds of sizes.
And I made a pie already, so that's a couple of pounds less. And I might just eat a few before I can get to canning them.
But here's the real reason I brought you here today:
|I had no idea that this little magic was going to happen. I was shocked after the first apple went through and was like a slinky! I just cut the stack in quarters and used them in my pie.|
After the pie went in the oven, I had to see if I could also peel potatoes with this thing. I have made mashed potatoes maybe 5 times in my life. I just don't care about doing things with potatoes and don't buy them very often. I mostly just make potato salad and I don't peel the potatoes.
I didn't get any pictures, but it peeled the potatoes just as nicely, so I made some mashed potatoes for supper. K-ster was surprised.
Along with apples, the farm had lots of other produce growing, and of course, a pumpkin field. You could just take one of their picked pumpkins, or you could go out in the field on the hay ride for $2.25 and "pick" one. K-ster and I were not interested.
The kid driving the tractor wasn't sure about picking corn, and no one else was, and I didn't feel like getting arrested in the middle of a cornfield, so I skipped it.
Did I mention the VERY hot day that it was? We've had a lot of rainy days and Sunday was supposed to be cloudy and rainy. But then the sun came out. And we were meeeeeeelting.
So, big plans for the weekend include a lot of applesauce being made and processed. Maybe I'll be really good and get a batch going in the slowcooker and be ahead of myself.
Then we're on to cranberry sauce because k-ster has access to as many free cranberries as