HARVEST. The very word gives a warming glow, the thought of gathering in the food grown in sun kissed fields. Harvesting is the process of gathering a crop from the fields. But we harvest too in our gardens.
The gathering of the food was of such importance that many societies and religions have a feast or festival and a blessing.
The word "Harvest" comes from the Old English word hærfest, meaning the crop gathering season. The word has come to mean the entire process of gathering the product.
This year, I have been given a mountain of apples, far more than I could possibly use. I found an old farmhouse recipe book which was full of ideas.
GOSH in a nutshell. NOTHING.
But reading this wonderful post, we should.
Are you all doing anything regularly with apple peels?
Kelli Foster, in the article 7 Ways to Use Leftover Apple Peels published May 1, 2019, for TheKitchn, describes them as delicious as apple cider vinegar, roast chips, salad garnish, smoothies and tea; for cleaning aluminum surfaces (by boiling, simmering 1/2 hour and using the acid boiled from the peels); and in muffins, pancakes and waffles, particularly with cinnamon.
I've done the chips, garnish and muffin, pancake and waffle fillings, and they were all fine.
But I wonder what the other side of the (Atlantic) pond does.
My next door neighbour has a beautiful apple tree and she does not use the apples so she keeps us freely supplied with apples throughout Autumn /Fall.
That means that if the price is even higher now for caster and superfine sugar, then I can make my own apple crumble and sauce again this year, soon, since apple prices are remaining steadily nice.
Derdriu, Yes spot on. I blend granulated to get caster / superfine sugar.
However, for my husband, I often use demerara sugar which is crunchy and works well with the texture of apples. I would not use demerara with a soft fruit but rhubarb or apples can take demerara in the crumble. My husband likes the flavour of demerara sugar with apples and rhubarb.
Re-visiting this wizzley called to mind two questions that I intended to ask you.
But first, Americans -- at least the ones who operate the grocery stores that I frequent and who shop where I do -- apparently call caster sugar superfine sugar.
At the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 and toward the end of 2021 and the beginning of this year I made your applesauce and apple crumble.
The grocery store put out superfine sugar that was a bit more expensive than I'd expected. So I substituted the caster sugar in the crumble with granulated sugar, in other words, it received a double dose!
Would you happen to know how to make caster sugar? Corey Williams with allrecipes wrote an online article, What Is Caster Sugar and What's a Good Substitute?, March 16, 2021, in which she suggests putting granulated sugar into a blender, a coffee grinder or a food processor for two to three fast pulses.
Autumn 2019 update
I have added a recipe for a soup I tried today and also a comment about Apple juice.
It could be a great apple crop this year. I will give you some.
Yes, I believe in eating what is in season. We had the Irish apple cake yesterday for Sunday dinner. I hope you enjoyed your apple dessert.
I do enjoy apple crisp - that's what we will be having for dessert tonight!