An apple-y weekend

My Saturday was kind of just all about apples, fresh Autumn apples, picked on Friday from a friends tree. We went to pick feijoas, and came back with apples too. Two trees tucked down the back of the garden, covered with apples, the birds and wasps and codling moths were having a sweet Autumn appley feast down there in the back of the garden, so we picked them all, before they were all gobbled up (sorry little critters).
So Saturday morning, I gathered up my supplies and set myself up outside in the glorious Autumn sunshine and peeled and peeled and sliced and sliced. Until my fingers were stained brown and sore. I peeled and sliced and watched the kids run around, and the kids watched me and stole pieces of apple, and picked up the dropped apple peels and filled the trike trailer with them and took them for rides around the deck.
It was quite monotonous, but also very enjoyable, and kind of therapeutic, in the sunshine and the fresh air with the sweet smell of apples and sticky appley fingers, and the thought of jars filled and sealed and stored away.
I was trying a new method, jars of sliced apples, rather than stewed as I've always done in the past. It didn't quite turn out as planned. Hmm, nevermind, might just have to get a little more advice on that one for next time! But fortunately it was salvageable, and fortuntately I had that tray underneath to catch it all. I just scooped up all those apple bits and pieces and strained off most the liquid and threw them in a pot and we ended up with stewed apples after all, we just took the scenic route. And the bonus with the scenic route was that we ended up with two big bottles of sweet appley juice, which is being devoured quite quickly.
So that was pretty much my whole Saturday, what with peeling and peeling and slicing and slicing and cleaning jars and re-cleaning jars etc etc. But I did have time at the end of the day to make use of those delicious Autumn apples just once more, in an apple and feijoa pie, with the fabulous Smitten Kitchen pastry once again, that pastry just makes me want to make pies. And yes, once again, it was gobbled up too quickly to get a photo of the finished thing, we invited Aaron's brother and family over to help with the gobbling, so we didn't make complete piglets of ourselves. I think this will not be the last apple pie to be made before the apple season ends.















12 comments

Heather said...

Such lovely pictures, and such a lovely pie!

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Stella said...

Yum! So many great uses for those apples!

Mee said...

Ive been meaning to go and strip our two wasp-infested-bird pecked trees before there are none to stew! The horses (and the above birds n wasps) have eaten more than anyone so far-just the windfalls mind!
And your pie looks perfect!

hanna said...

mum, I do not want to hear that you are wasting apples on the horses. I'm relying on some of those apples, so you had better save me some, I have apple butter plans.

Rhiannon said...

Mmmm apples!
And yay for salvagable (spelling?) disasters. I fear we may have had a bit of a preserving disaster this weekend too.. though with ours only time will tell!

lieslmade said...

Perhaps it's cliche of an American to say this but: Apple Pie is one of my all-time favorites! That one looks delicious!

Frith said...

Yum those apples look like PROPER apples, mmmmmmm........

Heart Felt said...

What perfect photographs ~ makes me all warm inside. xx

melmo said...

i'm an american living in autralia...just found your blog recently, loving it, so thank you. question, in the US we have mason jars to can in, what do you use this side of the equator? it seems that yours by the photo are all the same, so thought maybe there was a brand similar? thanks.

hanna said...

Hi Melmo, nice to have you visiting :)
The jars I use are called Agee jars and yes they are the same sort of thing as Mason jars. I often get mine from opp shops so you could start by looking there, or often I just re-use jars from pickles etc - they seem to work just as well, but I like the big litre Agee jars for fruit.

melmo said...

thanks hanna, that's exactly what i was after. :) -melissa