Autumn is soon here, which means the end of the gardening season. I have been writing a lot about it this year, since it was the first year that I was the person in charge of the vegetables, fruit and gardening in general, and up until this year I have typically just helped out while my wife has been in charge. It's been a lot of learning, and it's great that so many Steemians are also active vegetable and fruit gardeners, so I have been able to learn a lot from this very platform.
We have a tradition of picking the apples around the time that the autumn semester begins, and this year was a good one. The heat wave that has been present in most of Europe this summer certainly helped the apples grow, and we got a good chunk more than we usually do. After weighing it, we had a total of 15kg, so I guess we don't need to buy apples for a long time. While 15kg might not be the biggest harvest ever, it's more than we had anticipated from the size of our tree, so we're pretty happy with it.
One of many full bags of apples.
They taste delicious!
We didn't really have a good plan for what we wanted to do with them, but one thing was for certain; we really wanted to bake an apple cake! That didn't really dig much into our supply at all though, so we used a bit over 5kg and made it into apple jam.
It tastes a lot better than it looks.
Half of my fridge is still filled with apples, so I am definitely open to suggestion as to what to do with all of them. I'm sure still will stay fresh for a few weeks, but I really need to find a solution to long-term storage of them. I had originally planned on making apple cider, but after researching it, I found the cost of the equipment to be a little too expensive for a small project like this one, since just under 10kg of apple only would give me the equivalent of a six-pack of something like that. So it's just not worth investing into the equipment at this point.
Anyway, thanks for stopping by, and let me know if you have any good ideas as to what to do with all these apples!