Apple harvest time is here again... Thanks to Mr. Hollow! :)
Hubby's yearly travels takes him to Hay Days in North Branch, Minnesota. (It is a Huge snowmobile swap meet.) He goes with his brother every September and always arrives home with new treasures. Past purchases have involved sled tracks and parts, truck rims and tires, chainsaw parts... You name it and they have it there for the guys. Well this year on his way home, he decided to stop by the town of Gayes Mills and bring a few things back for yours truly... 2 Bushels of Apples! :)
Aren't they lovely?
As if the apples were not enough, he purchased some fresh cider donuts, and a gallon of apple cider to be heated and spiced up! Mmmmm...
This past week has been busy with peeling and slicing, which has been a breeze thanks to my handy dandy apple peeler/slicer from the Pampered Chef. What a time saver!
For a huge money saving versus grocery store prices, I decided to flash freeze and pack 21 quarts of apple slices this year, along with 3 quarts of halved apples, 12 quarts of applesauce, 3 large pies, a caramel apple pie and 2 dozen pies in a jar. (Pies in a jar can be read about in an earlier post here. ) That still left plenty of apples for slicing and pouring caramel over... Yum!
Mr. Hollow and I might still do some travelling near the orchards before the season is over and will definitely pop in to enjoy the smells and sites of the season, but I am relieved to have the processing of the apples is over for the year. :)