I love growing apples and have mentioned my inherited apple tree before. I’ve grown some perfect ‘Pink Lady’ apples this year and I love the sweet taste. There’s nothing like your own home grown apples and I’ve never tasted any as good as these from the shops.
Apple and Elderberry make a good combination, especially when stewed.
One thing I’ve never been able to do though is use them up very effectively. I find my picked apples go mouldy and my unpicked apples get eaten by pests or by people other than me.
Not pointing any fingers but in the past I’ve been relaxing under my apple tree only to find allotment neighbours sneak up and pinch them without realising I’m there! Now I love sharing and have given tons away, so there’s no need for that is there!
I’ve not had any stolen that I know about lately though and with the trees growing so big over the last few years sharing and thinking of ways to use them up has been top of my list. I’ve taken boxes full of them to friends and family. My apple tray from dotcomgiftshop is the ideal size for transporting them, it’s been really useful.
A few weeks ago I bought a juicer and I’m over the moon with it. I used the damaged apples first (like the ones above), putting the perfect ones into storage. I can get through around 8 apples at a time for a couple of big drinks, so it’s really been the easiest and best use of my apples ever.
I just chop the apples into quarters, remove any bad bits and pop them straight into the juicer. Simple plain apple juice is amazing and mixed with blueberry and ginger is fantastic.
I’ve found that keeping the apples in the fridge makes a really nice cool juice.
With the absolutely perfect apples I washed them and individually wrapped them in newspaper and popped them into my cellar. I made sure they were totally perfect, not one blemish…but they’ve still gone to mush?!
At the weekend I watched Monty Don on Gardener’s World demonstrate how he saves his perfect apples on slatted shelves in a barn. He said it’s important for them not to touch each other and they can be kept anywhere dark but not too dry. So my technique should have been okay and I’ve read a lot of blogs and websites who recommend wrapping in newspaper – but alas no – it’s just not worked out for me again.
Next year the perfect ones are being eaten first and by me!
My apple tree is looking very bare now. Adam keeps mushing up the really damaged windfalls in a big bucket and he spreads them back on the ground as mulch.
My tree is an early producer so it’s not over yet for everyone, there’s still a lot of blog posts about apples that are ripening now and there’s lots of apple events happening throughout October.
Here’s some of my favourite apple posts for your weekend reading:
Veg Plotting – Take one bag of windfalls
Potager Pottering and Crime – Apple Picking Time
Greentapestry – ‘What Katy Did’ And Other Stories
Please feel free to add any other posts to the comments.
So now my only question now is…what to do with the pears!
Do you grow apples and have you ever successfully stored them? If yes HOW do you do it?!