Quite a lot, as it turns out!
My friend Kirsty had picked up two boxes of Pink Lady apples at the local market and was looking to preserve some of them. Easily persuaded to join her, I managed to also pick up some apples, although mine were Granny Smiths from the local fruit shop. Both great apples!
We got to work yesterday, peeling and chopping the apples and by the afternoon, Kirsty's kitchen had produced:
|Homemade apple pies, made by Kirsty|
...around a dozen bottled jars of apples (size 20 -600ml and 27 -900ml Fowlers jars). I'm looking forward to using these in fruit crumbles over winter.
The pectin stock was made by following these directions from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. I took around half of the peelings home with me and put them in the slow cooker with some water for about 6 hours, they were then hung to drain overnight and the stock bottled this morning. The peelings I had produced 9 x 300ml jars. I wonder how Kirsty went with hers...
|Homemade pectin stock for jam making|
Kirsty also put a full load of sliced apples (soaked in lemon juice first), into her dehydrator. She mentioned her kids have been munching on them already!
Not having a dehydrator myself, I strung some apples up on string and hung them in my kitchen, just to get in on the action!
|Drying apples, the old fasioned way.|
Cooking with friends is a such fun way to work your way through a bulk supply of produce, which would otherwise be quite a chore if done alone. I'm really looking forward to more days like this!