Wednesday, November 16, 2011

First Fall Freeze Ends Apple Harvest

   I finished harvesting apples today before the first fall freeze tonight/early Thurs. morning, so the pick-your-own season is now over for 2011.  Temperatures are predicted to drop to 24 F by 4 to 6 a.m.  The harvested apples are safely stored in our cooler or in our unheated garage, which is attached to our house so the apples won't freeze.
   Our cooler is now completely full of apples.  Due to hail damage last June, we have many more #2 apples than #1's.  The #2's are great for making pies, muffins, apple crisp, applesauce, apple butter, etc. and are a good deal, because usually 98-99% of the apple is still usable, but they're just 2/3 the price of #1's.
Our new cooler is now completely filled with apples.  It's set at 34 F, so they'll keep for months, but we hope to sell out by Jan.
   'Enterprise' apples keep well for 5-6 months in a fridge, and 'GoldRush' apples keep 7-8 months.  I eat a fresh apple with my lunch every day until May, when strawberries are ripe. 
   In the past couple weeks I've also made a caramel-apple upside down cake and apple cherry muffins, and will make apple pecan bread for our church's annual Bread Breakfast this Sunday.  Recipes are posted as notes on the Brenda's Berries page on Facebook.