Thursday, September 9, 2010

pome picking with the Ott's

Did you know this week is "Going Local" Week?
For one week you should try to eat one locally grown food item for each meal each day this week.

Since Ott, E and I both had Labor Day off we decided to go to a local U-Pick Apple Orchard near us, called Tuttle Orchards.  (It's about 5 miles from our house by way the crow flies.)  It was such a beautiful day, sunny and around 80 degrees, and made for a perfect morning activity for us.  When we got there they gave us a wagon and two bushel baskets to help us carry what we picked. 

I was enjoying the day and the crisp feel of fall in the air and ended up picking around 20 pounds of pomes (pomes is the botancial name for apples; a type of fruit produced by flowering plants in the subfamily Maloideae of the family Rosaceae.)  We picked pomes that were of the Jonathan, Gala and Cortland varieties.

Ott, E's height came in handy as he could reach up and pick the apples higher up in the trees.

Once we got the apples home, we set out to make apple chips by dehydrating them.  Ott, E sliced the apples and placed them on the trays, while I used the apple peeler, slicer, all in one corer apparatus which is very quick and easy to use.  (If you don't have one I highly recommend getting one.)  Once in the dehydrator we left them there for about 16 hours. 

Then we made some apple juice with our juicer.  In go the apples and fresh juice comes out the other end.
I also made some homemade applesauce in my crock pot which I then canned.  (Be sure to check out my recipe for Applesauce Muffins.) Making applesauce is easy as all you have to do is slice the apples and place them in a crock pot with about 3/4 cups of sugar and set the crock pot on High for 4 hours.

Then I turn off the crock pot and let the apples cool for about 1 hour, before I put them in a food mill where the skins come off the seeds are left behind and out the bottom comes the sauce.
I fill my warm jars with applesauce and place the lids and rings on top and process in my pressure canner at 5 pounds of pressure for 10 minutes.
Easy.  Tasty.  And, a great way to spend a fall day together!!!!


mle said...

What a great weekend for apple picking, right?!
Crisp air, crisp apples : )
All of your apple recipes sound delicious!

Lana said...

Great minds think alike, but I "shopped" right outside my back door. Stay tuned for tomorrow's addition.

Katie said...

You are amazing! I would have the patience for all you did with apples. But I am going to try applesauce this fall. Thanks for the photos and tips.

thyme2garden said...

Looks like you had a fantastic time at the orchard! I just looked it up, it's about 24 miles from where we live in Indy, so not as close as you, but still close enough. Thanks for the tip! Ahhh, I love having a bloggy friend who's actually local to me. I'll ask Keith if he wants to go this weekend. Then I can try out your applesauce muffin recipe!

Alicia said...

Stopping by from New Friend Friday ... love the idea of eating local! I love shopping at the local farmer's market. We love apple picking in the Fall!

Have a great weekend!

Megan said...

You are just way too motivated but everything you are making looks wonderful! I tagged you in a game of 8 questions over at my blog...

Mary said...

i feel like going and eating 10 apples now!
new follower from friendly friday!

zentmrs said...

I'm ready for apple season! Unfortunately, we won't have ripe apples for another month or so. But then I'll be out there picking!