For the first time since leaving our house in Oregon (where we had mature pear and apple trees), I harvested apples from our own fruit trees.
The apples were neither large nor abundant, but not bad for a first crop.
Despite the trees' youth, most of the fruit was still above my reach. At my height, this isn't uncommon. The fruit-picking basket came in handy.
I only got nine pounds, but hey, it's a start.
Since we didn't have any more apple pie filling in the pantry, I decided to turn the whole batch into pie filling.
I used fruit pie filling directions I got years ago from the county extension service.
Blanching the apple slices.
Starting the filling.
The filling, thickened.
Adding the blanched apples to the filling.
As usual, on days I have kitchen projects, I have the remarkable skill of dirtying every dish in the kitchen.
Seems like a lot of work for just five quarts of pie filling. But it's pie filling from our own apples -- and that's a thrill!