Apples The Ultimate Frugal Prosumer Food
|Washing apples in old recycled wash tub.|
Apples can be eaten fresh and depending on the variety, one can be harvesting them over a several month span. You can dry them, make apple sauce, can them, make apple pie and other desserts, bake them, make cider and apple juice, and on and on.
|John gets the apples ready to press by running them through a garbage disposal.|
We also dry a lot of apples and pears. The pears are often a bonus find when gathering apples.
When we just have a few apples we run them through one of our juicers. But when we have a lot of them we get out the home made press made from recycled items: Garbage disposal, old sink, plastic pail, bottle jack, sheer curtains, wood and plastic discs, and an old stainless steel hospital tray.
|Wine glasses are a requirement for the first pressing of the season.|
The apple or pear juice is used in several ways: drunk fresh, put in the freezer, made into jelly, turned into fizzy apple juice, or wine, or apple beer, or apple cider vinegar.
|Filling jugs with fresh pressed cider.|
Check out our Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants blog for more info on what we collected.