For Apple Day
It's Apple Day tomorrow and what a bumper crop we have chez VP Gardens and on the allotment this year. Today's post comes as a slightly premature celebration as we have family matters to attend to over the weekend.
We enjoy fruit juice as a weekly treat on Sundays with our roast dinner, so it was a natural step to invest in a juicer. I swithered between this and an apple press, and in the end I plumped for a juicer as it's cheaper and fulfils our immediate needs. I did have a daydream about pressing oodles of juice for a full year's supply, but practical matters such as pasteurisation and storage swiftly brought me back to reality.
I'm enjoying the process immensely and it's a great way of using up loads of apples, especially any windfalls where only the damaged or bruised bits should be left out. It takes around 12 of them to produce enough juice to fill 2 glasses. Our season started off last month with single variety 'Scrumptious' and I'm currently experimenting with a blend of 'Red Windsor' and 'Egremont Russet'. I've found the latter is a bit dry to juice on its own and its nuttiness balances the sweetness of the other fruit.
Most guidance says to add some lemon juice to prevent browning; I've found I can get away without doing so as long as the juice is stored in the fridge immediately and we drink it within an hour.
As you can see from the above photo, there's quite a lot of apple pulp left over. I remove as much as I can from the juicer into a bowl and give it a quick 5 minute whizz in the microwave before cooling it and storing in the fridge. I'm adding a large spoonfull to my daily porridge where it works better than the chopped apple I've used in previous years.
It's a good combination with natural yoghurt too and the Vegetarian Times has lots of other suggestions for delicious ways to use the pulp. I'm going to try it as a variation in my Windfall Cake recipe. I'm also tempted to try Carl Legge's recipe for cider vinegar as a way of using up some of my whole apples without resorting to lots of sugary treats.
How's your apple harvest this year? Do you have a favourite apple recipe or way with them?
You may also likeThe great thing about Apple Day is it deepens our connection with the turning year and seasonal produce. Lia Leendertz has written a year long celebration of such things in her Almanac. Beautifully illustrated by Emma Dibben, it's a gentle guide to 2018; stuffed with lots of goodies such as gardening tips, recipes, phases of the moon, seasonal festivities, and weather lore.
I have to declare an interest here as I helped crowdfund the book. Unlike some of my other ventures down this avenue, this one doesn't disappoint.