If you’re lucky enough to have an apple tree, or if like us someone you know has an apple tree, then you’re more than aware of the late season dilemma of what to do with all of those apples – and quickly, before they start rotting! At some point after weeks of apple crumble, apple pies and a lot of apple sauce; and freezer bags full of ready to go peeled and chopped pieces for more of the above… imagination as to what to make next starts to dwindle.
This time I resorted to google – and found a FANTASTIC recipe for oat & apple sauce cookies! Mmmmm – but that totally wasn’t what I was going to write about now!
I’m in a process of stretching my horizons; embracing – or at least trying – all things Swedish! Making new traditions, of old swedish ones. And next on my list was air-drying apples! Not paying a fortune for them in the shop but drying them ourselves at home.
I’ve had images of banana-fly infested fruit hanging around in the kitchen; an idea that there will be a subtle, slightly sweet, but never the less ‘rotting’ smell filling the air… and aren’t they going to get really dusty just hanging there anyway – who wants to eat that… maybe you’re supposed to have a sealed cupboard to dry them in?!
Having never done this before I do not feel the slightest bit perturbed by how embarrassingly unaware I was of how SIMPLE & QUICK this was to do… & especially how much fun the kids had ‘threading’ the apple rings onto the string. It’s like beading for beginners… impossible even for a 1 1/2 yr old not to succeed in getting the string through the hole.
Of course, the girls then wanted to wear their strings of threaded apple rings as necklaces – I drew the line there… my plan was still to eat them… not be picking out strands of hair!
We used an apple corer to get the hole through the middle – peeled and sliced the apples into 1/2cm slices (approx), then the kids threaded them onto a string each. We tied one end of their strings around the kettle handle – something heavy to keep them in place and so they didn’t all fall off the end. When the strings were done we tied them between shelf brackets in the kitchen, and repositioned the slices so they weren’t touching. They should hang there for three to four days.
No rotting smell – there was a bit of an apple aroma though… but only a pleasant one.
Not dusty – but we did put ours precautionary under a shelf!
Two other things I liked about this: We were done with our pealing and chopping long before the kids were done with their threading so we could just watch them at work and chat with them, not running around like a headless chicken and missing all their enjoyment in doing it! Secondly, how funny it was to see them having to wait four days for them to be finished – it was bordering unbearable for both our three, and six year old… a great lesson in patience!