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Apple Truckload Saturday

Posted on October 17, 2009 by crankycheryl

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Today was Shelburne Orchard‘s Truckload Saturday, and some neighbors and I went to load up – $50 for two carloads of Macs, Galas, Liberty’s, and Empires.  These neighbors, in fact:

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CrankyGreg says we looked like a bunch of hip, radical nuns, which I can live with.  We took our blessed selves and went and scavenged the “falls,” and jostled the last attached ones out of their branches.  And I’m wildly pleased to report that I climbed a tree to chase down some high-hanging Galas.

After a couple of hours we had two cars full of apples and were hungry, so we went up to the Orchard’s store and food area, where we found an enormous apple pie,

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and sausages roasting inside their brick oven.

applepicking 028So now I’ve got 4 bags (about 2 bushels) of apples hanging around.  I’ve taken the first batch and started some Crock Pot Apple Butter.  With the rest, I’d like to can Apple Pie Filling, but can’t seem to find the Clear Jel I’d need.  Maybe more applesauce, maybe something else, whatever it is I’m sure E. & Z. will be tired of it long before it’s gone.

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  • It is perfectly safe and good for you to can the apple pie filling without the clear jel or any thickener at all. The when it is time to make the pies you add in any thickener you want.

    -Robin

  • Awesome. Thanks, oh knower of all things food-preserving! (And now that you mention it, I do of course remember you telling me this more than once. Maybe one day I’ll wake up and have something besides a sieve for a brain.)


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