Apple of my eye (not!)

I used to like apples, what with one of them a day keeping the doctor away. But this is too much.

A neighbor with a farm in the Eastern Townships invited us to come apple picking in his orchard, and loaded us up with four shopping bags full of tasty pommes. At first I was delighted (farm-fresh tastes so much better that the mealy apples at the grocery store), but now I’m guilt-ridden, watching them slowly rot in my refrigerator. With a tiny city kitchen — i.e. no place to cook and store 50 jars of apple butter — I just can’t keep up with the abundance of apples.

Now I understand why people used to give them away on Halloween. It wasn’t so they could secretly slip a razor blade or poison inside. They just got sick of having apples as a side dish every night.

10 Comments so far

  1. Laiya (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 1:12 pm

    Maybe you could give them to a foodbank nearby?

  2. Jay (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 1:53 pm

    Or you could make some tasty treats for fellow Metrobloggers! ;)

    Kidding! :)

    Laiya has a pretty good idea actually. Go with that.

  3. Justin (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 5:31 pm

    Apple sauce.. apple jam.. add sugar, lasts forever.

  4. Lisa Hunter (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 5:33 pm

    You guys are trying to trick me into cooking, aren’t you?

    Laiya does indeed have a good idea, but in my experience with food banks, they tend to want non-perishables. Maybe I’ll try again.

  5. Justin (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 8:13 pm

    If you go with the jam.. lemme know. I’ll take some off your hands. ;-)

  6. Lisa Hunter (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 8:36 pm

    Here’s the thing: I don’t cook. When I moved out of my last apartment after two years, I thought I ought to clean the oven. Then I realized it was perfectly clean — I’d never even removed the cardboard that came inside the oven when I bought it. Because I’d never used it. And now you’re asking me to make jam??

  7. Jay (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

    There’s a first for everything, Lisa! ;)

    … Besides, you only need the stovetop for jam, not the oven. :P

  8. Laiya (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 10:23 pm

    I’m with Lisa. I don’t cook either. When friends come over, they think my stove top looks so clean. That’s because it doesn’t get used very much. But I am an expert microwaver… Maybe if the food bank doesn’t want the apples, you could try a soup kitchen or unloading them on your kids’ teachers for some extra brownie points?

  9. Christelle (unregistered) on November 11th, 2006 @ 7:12 pm

    Maybe a food bank wants non perishables but there are tons of “soup kitchens” which would love apples! For example, Multi-Caf in Côte-des-Neiges…

  10. tarteaucitron (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

    How about dried apples? I managed to handle some 10+ pounds of them that way. Makes a great snack that keeps forever.

    Core, slice thin, leave single-layered on lined baking sheet overnight under your coolest oven setting.

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