Autumn always seems to come faster than I expect. I do love it, but it is over so quickly and before I know it the fire is lit and winter is here.
But Autumn has plenty of treats and I'm enjoying trying to use my evening once I've picked the kids up to enjoy them.
Turns out that corn on the cob is just about everyone's favourite here and the girls have been requesting that I grow more beds of it next year! Not something I'm going to argue with as I love it and it seems to be super sweet this year.
I also love it for the apples. The kids go down the garden or orchard every morning and pick a apple to take to school with them for their snack. A mini tradition that can only last a few months but they love picking out which on they'll eat and take great pleasure in comparing them on the walk to school.
We've also cooked about every apple recipe there is as well. As mentioned before the trees are laden so it's time to turn our attention to preserving them. The dehydrator is my favourite method at the moment and it currently on, filled with raspberries and cooking apples.
|Chopped cooking apple - I don;t bother with lemon juice as don't mind it a little brown.|
My plan with the cooking apples is to try rehydrate them once dried and then see if I can cook with them like normal. Be a great way to save on freezer space!
Then we gathered up the peelings and the cores to make apple cider vinegar. Something we'd not tried before.
The kids all watch this video with me and helped following the instructions. They were so excited \t the end and ran off to get a muslin cloth to cover the pot only to come downstairs with a baby bed sheet laughing their heads off! If this works it'll be a great way to make really cheep cider vinegar for the chickens and cooking.
Who has cooked with dehydrated cooking apples before?
Anyone made vinegar with apple peels and cores? Sounds almost too good to be true!