How long can your apples last?

It was October, 2011 when I last picked some sweet apples and I just ate the last fresh apple from this pick at the beginning of August, 2012.

Have I been eating fresh apples from this pick for the entire 10 months? No, but I did save a handful, fifteen to be exact, to keep in my refrigerator crisper just to see how long they would last. My initial intention was to see if I could keep fresh apples in my refrigerator until the new apples were ready to pick next season. Considering the 2012 apple harvest is now well underway, I must say “mission accomplice”!

A delicious and easy way to use crab apples

Tired of trying to core your tiny crab apples? Here is a great juice recipe that takes very little effort. The recipe says to cut apples in half, but I tried it out with some very small crab apples and left them whole, stem on and all, and the juice came out great!

Crab Apple Juice

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts (4 L) Crab apples
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) Cream of Tartar
  • 5 quarts (5 L) Boiling water
  • 1-2 cups (250-500 ml) Sugar

Instructions

  1. Wash Apples, cut in half and place in large stock pot.
  2. Sprinkle apples with cream of tartar and cover with boiling water.
  3. Let stand for 24 hours.