Help I have to use these apples from my tree before they rot! 😭 they're all hail damaged, and I don't have space in my refrigerator to preserve them 😭😭😭
I'm rinsing them and planning to make apple butter, but I'm just one man. What uses a shitton of apples and doesn't require peeling?
@starvedhystericnude That was the plan before the hail made them all ugly and bruised and oxidized... now they're only really suitable for cooking with
I don't even know if that was sarcastic-i remember living in less completely atomized communities, and nobody could fucking cook. Roommates sometimes can though? And people far away?
@anke Hmm, I've got a nice blender and I could maybe strain out the skin and seeds. I'll definitely try that for some of them!
@Alamantus I'd core the apples rather than blending them with the seeds still in, cause the seeds contain a cyanide compound. Or at least read up on it to figure out if it's enough to matter.
@Alamantus you could try making cider! does mean you'll have to acquire a cider press of some type, but from what i remember of victorian farm and similar domestic history programs, you don't need to peel at all for cider. you just gotta squish 'em like super darn good. (then have the juice be filtered through some cheesecloth or similar.)
then you can use the juice as... just juice, use it to make clear jelly, or ferment it for hard cider, depending on how hard you want to go with additional effort.
@Alamantus know anyone with a cider press? I often end up at ab emergency cider pressing party around this time of year in PA
@Alamantus when I was growing up, my family did this with all the "grounder" fruit from our tree that we didn't get to in time. bugs would get them almost immediately, so people didn't want anything to do with them. but tropical birds and other animals? sign them up. :D
Apple sauce uses lots of apples and does not require peeling (but does require removing the core and cutting a bit). And you can freeze it in jars for winter.
And if you were lucky enuf to have a neighbor with a apple juice press, you could make juice (with whole washed apples) and later hard cider.
Given your bountiful tree, you might even want to invest in an apple juice press...
@Alamantus Find a local juicer! That's what our family does when the apples are ok but not great. Good luck & courage
@Alamantus Apple butter and dehydrated slices are what I do -- but even for apple butter, I always chop them roughly to check for, you know, inhabitants. And it's easier to sieve out peels after the first cooking-down into sauce (two pots going, one to sauce, one possibly in the oven taking a whole lot of sauce down to butter.)