Because we've had a couple of hard freezes, we felt we couldn't leave the apples on our trees any longer . . . although they always benefit from every day in the fall that they can get to mature and ripen. So out we went today with buckets and pails.
As we expected, our harvest was small. You may notice some of the apples are in plastic bags. We did this as an experiment to see if it might help them ripen faster. Kinda like creating a mini greenhouse around them. Tomorrow we'll sort the apples, take off the bags and see if we can tell if it made a difference when compared with the ones that weren't in the bags. Because of the season we've had, we're expecting a lot of the apples to be on the unripe side. Dang. If so, we'll take them out to some of the trails in our woods and let the deer enjoy them. ( Hope they don't get bellyaches.)
Our organic co-op had a good deal on turkeys recently so I bought a couple. One is waiting in the freezer for a Thanksgiving debut, but since we no longer have any of our chickens left in the freezer, I roasted this turkey today, de-boned it and packaged up the meat in serving sizes for the freezer and later use. We did also treat ourselves to a turkey dinner tonight. Yum!
The turkey skin, bones, and other carnage (!) after the de-boning went into a big pot to simmer for a couple of days to give us some nutritious turkey bone broth. Admittedly it doesn't look like much right now, but the broth will be delish!
Yes, we have been burning a little bit of wood already, so filled the wood box on the porch. (Over-filled it a bit, I'd say.)
Since I'm getting geared up to do some big time bread baking, I ground some spelt, rye and einkorn flour to have ready.
Along with a few other miscellaneous little tasks, I also cleaned the bathroom today, but didn't take any pictures. (You're welcome.)
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