Preserving Our Apples

The apples have been stored in our new fruit store but there are varieties among them that won't make it through the winter, Keswick Codling is a tasty apple but it doesn't store well. To hedge out bets and thwart the field mice we are bring them in to preserve and the first step in that is lemons and water.

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The problem with peeling and coring any great amount of apples is that the sugar reacts with the air and before very long you have brown apples. Adding some lemon juice and lemon skin to a bowl of water means that you can process quite a few apples at once. Carol is in the midst of coring, peeling and making sure no nasty bugs have made their way in. The skins of the apple will go into the compost heap and the apples will be cut up and frozen for pies in the middle of the winter. However, with Halloween coming don't forget these can make some wonderful toffee apples.

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The problem you may find with apples is that your skin will quickly start to hurt when peeling and coring them, so wear some gloves or give them a nice soak in hand cream afterwards.

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  1. We grew some apples but have been lucky enough to receive gifts of lots of apples. Along with the blackberries we have foraged I have made apple and blackberry lattice pastries, blanched apples for the freezer, made apple pies and I have huge basket only been given this week and I plan on making a crumble for when the boys are back from being with the Gramps, and I'm also making apple sauce to store for future use. Making use of a big pan I have but waiting for Santa to bring me a proper jam pan at Christmas!

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    1. Louise, you will be fiercely jealous. We have a massive jam pan which we bought years ago from a boot sale. It's a heavy thing but great.

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  2. I've used apple peels to make apple scrap vinegar; just cover peelings with water in a container, cover the container with a cloth so it's open to the air but not bugs and leave somewhere indoors for a month. Strain off the liquid and voila vinegar :)

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    1. Oooh, that's interesting, Hilary. Where did you pick that recipe up from?

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    2. Oh I have my peelings in a big jar at the moment doing the same thing. My friend Dawn who has a blog http://doingitforourselfs.blogspot.co.uk told me hoe to make it. You should see the sort of things she does, makes, bakes and creates etc. She and her hubby are fantastic and doing their very best to be self sufficinet and self reliant.

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