My crafting and family life journal

A is for Apple

We ended up with about 1/2 a bushel of apples, a large quantity of asian pears and root vegetables to process this weekend, so I decided to see how many ways I could prepare apples in one weekend.

Turnips and rutabagas from the garden. We had so much rain this season that many of them rotted in the ground, but we have lots of greens that can be dried for the winter months.

Turnips and rutabagas from the garden. We had so much rain this season that many of them rotted in the ground, but we have lots of greens that can be dried for the winter months.

Thought it was time to pull a few of the mountain carrots. Used some in a curry cauliflower soup and  will use some of the others in a curry carrot soup later in the week.

Thought it was time to pull a few of the mountain carrots — evan a few parsnips for a stew (still a little early for them). Used some in a curry cauliflower soup and will use some of the others in a curry carrot soup later in the week.

Apples and asian pears that  we processed this weekend.

Apples and asian pears that we processed this weekend.

The first thing that I decided to make was apple and pear chips. They are very easy to make and are a great snack.

Sliced the apples and pears thinly, laid them out on the dehydrator screens and sprinkled lightly with cinnamon sugar and then placed in the dryer for 4 hours.

Sliced the apples and pears thinly, laid them out on the dehydrator screens and sprinkled lightly with cinnamon sugar and then placed in the dryer for 4 hours.

Finished apple and asian pear chips.

Finished apple and asian pear chips.

Next I made the first batch of applesauce for winter canning.  Ended up canning 10 jars of applesauce for the winter.

I love using a crockpot to make applesauce. Load the crockpot up and move on to other things...

I love using a crockpot to make applesauce. Load the crockpot up and move on to other things…

Next I made another crockpot full of applesauce to make fruit leather. I filled all 9 trays of the dehydrator with the apple mixture and let it process for 4 hours. The leather was then cut, rolled and stored in air tight containers that can be used as treats for the next few months.

Apple/cranberry fruit leather rollups. Added some dried cranberries to the applesauce mixture prior to spreading the mixture on the dehydrator trays.

Apple/cranberry fruit leather rollups. Added some dried cranberries to the applesauce mixture prior to spreading the mixture on the dehydrator trays.

The last apple item that I made this weekend were some baked apples as an after dinner treat for Sunday.

Baked, stuffed apple with some fresh whip cream. Whip cream is a bit over the top, but it was worth it after a busy weekend.

Baked, stuffed apple with some fresh whip cream. Whip cream is a bit over the top, but it was worth it after a busy weekend.

We love apple season — the trees promise to provide some more apples this season, so it should be interesting to see what other apple treats we create this season.

Our cold season food preparation is starting to slow down, so maybe I can get back to quilting in the near future… a girl can alway hope…

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

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