|Seven Ponds Orchard Sept 2009, Me, MomE, and Ceci|
This weekend we finally made it out East for Apple Picking, something I really enjoy and we started as a family tradition last year. A few years ago I went on my first apple picking trip upstate with some friends and loved it! It took me three years in between to get back out in the orchards. Last year Ceci was 13 months old and my mom was visiting us and we decided it would be a great experience to share, going apple picking. Tim and I did a lot of research to find an orchard that wasn't to far from our home and didn't require us to pay another $100 in gas in tolls to get to. We found Seven Ponds Orchard, in Water Mill NY. They offered a long list of different apple varieties, and seemed very family friendly.
|It's more fun to pull the wagons, when you are little.|
|Enjoying an apple she picked herself (Sept 2009)|
|At it again! (Oct 2010)|
I think we came out with about 25 pounds of apples this year, I managed some self control some how. Now you ask what do I do with 25, or 60 pounds of apples? Last year Tim bought me a peeler, corer slicer thing that suctions down to my stone counter and I ripped through the whole batch. I put about 6-8 apples each in a gallon zip top freezer bag, labeled them and toss them in the freezer. This year went really well, and I even got help from my favorite sous chef. I do like to put one slice through the stack of apple so that the rings will separate from one another when I try to cook them.
|My sweet little helper!|
Be sure to keep an eye out as these recipes will be working their way into this blog over the next few months, as I make them and can snap some pictures of my offerings. And if anyone has a Gluten Free recipe for Apple Strudel, please send it to me. I'm inspired, but nervous to try it.