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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Apples Kicked my Ass


After the girl scouts went home, a lovely older couple from Lynden showed up with a full barrel (or more) of Russet apples off their antique tree.


I've heard of Russets before but I hadn't ever, to my knowledge, eaten them. They are kind of a homely apple; small, greenish-brown, and speckled. But they are also a freakishly delicious apple. Crisp, sweet, and juicy.

This gentleman's apples were terrific, clearly from a very healthy tree. They hadn't a scab, a wormhole, or a bruise on them anywhere. The cider they made was, like the apples, rather homely and kind of brown, but extremely sweet and flavorful. They took home about six gallons of cider, and I got about four - plus all the extra apples, which amounted to a couple of tote bags full. I think we will mostly just eat them as is, but if there are too many for us to eat in a timely fashion, I'll have to see how they cook up.

I believe I might be done with cider for the year. There are ten or more gallons frozen in the chest freezer, and a couple of gallons in the fridge. My arms and legs are killing me, and I got a wasp trapped in my dress today. It didn't sting me; it was far too drunk on apple cider. But still.


7 comments:

AnyEdge said...

I knew there was a reason I have a nameless dread that fills me everytime I think of cidering. It's the wasps. *shudder*

WeekendFarmer said...

Why do you have to live so far? : ) I wish you were closer...would love some 'real' cider.

Aimee said...

Might try getting a champion juicer - they are fairly pricey, but there is no other juicer on the market that comes anywhere near to them - they can also be used as a meat grinder/sausage stuffer and to grind wheat or make nut butters. And they will make plenty of real honest to god fresh apple juice.

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