On my mind this week iiiiis… apple pie filling! I was blessed to be able to pick some apples from the two dwarf apple trees at my parents’ home. They planted about a dozen back in 1993 or 1994 and these were the only two to survive the deer, rabbits, snow, and subequent years of oh-I-forgot-those-were-even-there. They usually only have about a dozen or so apples on them, but apparently this has been a good year for apples, so they’re both pretty loaded.
Now, they aren’t treated or fertilized for anything, so the apples are small and have plenty of holes and scabs but BOY are they tasty! We think they are Macouns and Cortlands, if my father’s memory (and my taste buds) recall correctly.
So, here’s what I have picked thus far – about a five-gallon-bucket’s worth. I prefer to make applesauce from a greater number of varieties, so I’ll wait and pick up some “cider-grade” apples from the orchard market where I worked for a year, learning about apple varieties and how to grade them.
These are going to be apple pie filling. 🙂
(And yes, that is the Wee Goon assisting me. He’s going to make sure that the apples don’t get away.)