In the Land of Trees and Apples

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Fall in New England, with more apples than we know what do with. We start by eating vast quantities and then move on to applesauce. Um, by the way, have you eaten the Honey Crisp apple? Oh yum, I can now die a happy woman.unnamed-15 Finally, after seven years, our apple trees are bearing fruit. We don’t spray (because I’m lazy and afraid of chemicals) so our apples are not “perfect,” on the outside, but they sure are perfect on the inside. There’s a lesson somewhere in there, isn’t there?unnamed-5 We also picked up all the drops from a tree at Hogwarts on Columbus Day when we all miraculously had one full free day, with no other obligations except apples. I wasn’t sure I wanted to do applesauce this year. But Brynne persisted – and I’m glad she did! “It’s a tradition, mom!” And traditions must be followed.unnamed-6 The weather could not have been any more perfect, where I could cut and core apples outside (surrounded by bees 🙂 The colors were popping!unnamed-4 I didn’t feel guilty about not cutting off every speck of apples – off to the compost it goes (as the chickens are no longer.) It comes from the ground and goes back to the ground.unnamed-7 After the apples are cut, they are put in a small bath, and onto the stove until they are mush. unnamed-13 Then it’s all pushed through the strainerunnamed-11 Out comes the applesauce! unnamed-9 The seeds and skin all get pushed out another chute.unnamed My 6th-grader, the newly-appointed domestic diva. She loves cooking.unnamed-3 Her sister was especially helpful! Paige was in her pioneer clothes…obviously acting like a lady.unnamed-8  The green funnel (from Amazon) makes this job so much easier when you’ve got small-mouth mason jars.unnamed-10 The applesauce doesn’t need any help, but we give it a touch of sugar and cinnamon. Mmmm. Brynne likes it best served warm.unnamed-2 What you don’t gobble, you can can. Can you do the can can? Think Thanksgiving and neighbor gifts! For the step-by-step canning, Click HERE.unnamed-1Our neighbor, Mr. Goody, is the best. So he gets applesauce. We know that in a few weeks he’ll be plowing us out of our driveway. We’ve got to make sure he feels appreciated. And doesn’t he have the best neighbor name evuh’?

DSC_0101 But don’t worry, you don’t have to give it all away.

DSC_0118I give full permission to lick the jar clean…

Happy Fall!

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7 thoughts on “In the Land of Trees and Apples

  1. barrie

    Yum! The sauce has that beautiful, pink color~ I love making it, but amazingly, I haven’t gone picking yet- we can’t all have our own trees, you lucky person!

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  2. Julia Tomiak

    Seriously, where do you get all your energy? Can you can that and send it down to VA?

    Apple sauce making is big around here too, but I’ve not ventured into it. Maybe when there are only two kids at home?

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    1. maisymak Post author

      I’ve perused Amazon and they have tons of selections that I’m sure are all good. But cast-iron is also at Walmart and Target. I would like to get some more as it has to be better for you than peeling teflon. However, I have made this several times in an oven-safe frying pan and it works splendidly! (just make sure the handle is metal so it doesn’t melt 🙂

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  3. Dianne Salerni

    Our tree produced an abundance of apples this year — after years and years of producing almost nothing. My girls were enthusiastic at first, but now don’t want to look at another apple. Plus — so many of them grow higher up on the tree than we can reach, even with a ladder. It makes me sad to see how many of them fall to the ground, ruined and rotten, because we could not reach them.

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  4. Ella

    The trees produce so many more apples this year because there is something in the snow that help the apple trees harvest more.

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