Regardless of my fuzzy focus earlier in the week it has been SUCH a bitty few days with various commitments that even with a specific task to get on with it would have been hard to piece together enough time to do it. This has had the benefit, however, of getting some shorter but not pressing tasks done, inbetween comings and goings.
A small pile of eating apples has been looking accusingly at me for a little while, saying “If you are not going to EAT me then PLEASE do something else with me, before I go soft in the head”. Admittedly the pile does look larger (but not VERY large) and healthier than it has done for many seasons, but the apples are still very variable – you could pick out a larger or a smaller apple at random from the pile and it may or may not be acceptably sweet enough to enjoy, but you can’t take a bite out of them all to check! The apples were here before us, so I can’t say what variety they are although I vaguely remember we may have been told they were Coxes. I had contemplated juicing them, but then it’s a matter of drinking the juice fresh or storing it somehow, so I returned to the drying option which I had used a couple of years ago, when I dried some of our cooking apples in the warming oven of the Aga.
It was a useful experiment then and successful in part, needing trial and error for the timing and a better means of supporting the apples as they dried, but knowing a friend had just bought an electric dehydrator I jumped at the chance to borrow it and see how effective it was. It didn’t take long to core and slice the apples and fill the plastic trays, where the slices are now drying off for the suggested 5-6 hours. As they do so, I am already thinking of how to rig up a stack of metal cooling racks in the Aga – but perhaps I will try with a single one first as the cooking apples may be too soft to keep their shape comfortably on the metal….