I definitely know its fall in Michigan because the apples are ready to pick. The nights are cool, the air is crisp, leaves are falling from the trees, and bees are buzzing around the apple trees.
Every year I make my favorite fall snack, Apple Chips and look forward to the easy task. They’re way healthier than snacking on potato chips and the hint of sweetness makes them just perfect.
APPLE CHIP RECIPE
Slice clean apples with a Mandoline slicer thin like a potato chip. Add the slices to a bowl and cover with a 50/50 mixture of water and apple juice or water and lemon juice. Let soak for 5 minutes. Drain and add to the dehydrator in a single layer. Dehydrate overnight or until crip like a chip. Store in an airtight container. You can sprinkle with cinnamon before dehydrating if desired.
We have a friend that recently moved to a new property with a small orchard on it, about 8 fruit trees. Every day I’d drive by and notice no one had been picking the apples. The only fruit gone was that which the deer could reach. I asked hubby to give him a call and see if he was planning on picking the apples before they go bad.
He’s a single man so I highly doubted he’d be making any pies or such and I was right he had no desire to pick the apples and said I could come take all I wanted. I headed over the next morning all bundled up in my overalls, flannel shirt, and work boots and started picking apples.
I know they’re not pretty like store bought apples, these are organic, and in my opinion taste so much better than those sprayed with pesticides. I only picked what I could reach and will leave the rest for the birds and bees. Hubby and I have been munching on fresh apples and I also dehydrated the rest.
It will be a welcomed treat as winter draws near. I can sit in my toasty cabin and treat myself to a handful of chips while I read a good book. It just goes to show it never hurts to ask if someone is going to use all the produce they have growing. I’d have felt terrible if it had gone to waste when all I had to do was speak up and ask, or in my case have hubby do it. So for a little work I have fresh apples in my pantry.
SEEDS: I SENT EVERYONES MILKWEED SEEDS OUT IN YESTERDAYS MAIL. I ALSO ADDED A FEW OTHERS THAT I HARVESTED FROM MY FLOWER GARDEN THIS YEAR, ENJOY!