The vine has been pressed, know it is time for the apples
In the greenhouse, we have harvested the last tomatoes and grapes, and perhaps you are among the lucky ones who have wallowed in both. Then it is good to know that tomatoes can be dried and pickled and grapes pressed into the most delicious and healthy juice. Now it is time for the apples.
A lot of gardens usually have an abundance of apples. Fortunately, many animals really enjoy it, so if we do not get to use them all, we have pleased others. But there are countless options when it comes to apples.
Apples can be used for breakfast, lunch, dinner, sweets, drinks with and without alcohol and of course for cakes. Muesli with dried apples is just delicious, and dried apples are like candy, by the way.
To dry apples, cut them into very thin slices and place them on a baking tray with baking paper. Place them in the oven for a few hours at 158 F. If you have a wood stove, you can easily use that. Turn the apples after an hour or more. You can also hang apple rings without the core on a string and let them air dry, but there are also various fruit dryers you can buy to dry all kinds of fruit.
Apple fruit gum
Apple fruit gum, those are news to me. The fruit gum is made from cider, apples and sugar, so the windfall apples are excellent for that kind of candy. You will need 4.5 pounds of apples, 3 dl of cider or apple juice and 14 ounces of sugar per litre of liquid you make. There went the healthy snack. First, you clean the apples and cut them into smaller pieces which are put in a pot. The apples should not be peeled. Now add the cider and bring it all to a boil.
The apples should simmer under a lid. Pour the juice into a sieve and let the juice drip off. Now measure how much juice there is and pour in sugar, 14 ounces per litre of juice. Now, let the juice and sugar simmer until it turns a little dark. Check if the mass is ready to jell. To do this, put a drop on a plate and put it in the fridge. If it does not stiffen, give it another go of heat.
Put a piece of baking paper in a square form and pour the mass into the form. Place it in the fridge and when it has stiffened, cut it into different shapes. Now, go ahead and eat.
Another slightly exciting way to use apples is to make an apple smoothie. Here you need two not too firm apples, 2 dl natural yoghurt, 3 dl apple juice, half a teaspoon vanilla sugar and a tablespoon of honey. After cleaning out the core, just mix it all in a blender.
A smoothie with berries and apples is made from a not too firm apple, 2.5 dl apple juice, a ripe banana, 4.4 ounces of raspberries or other frozen berries, half a teaspoon vanilla sugar and a tablespoon of honey. Clean out the core of the apple, but keep the peel and put the apple and apple juice in a blender, to mix it before the other ingredients are put in.
Om Lars Lund
Danish horticulturist and journalist
Lars Lund has for many years engaged in the garden and greenhouse. Lars has published many books about greenhouses, and he has participated in many Danish horticultural TV shows. He is a walking garden encyclopaedia, and he has answers for most basic cultivation questions – also the more ambitious ones.
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