We bought our house from an aging couple a few years ago, and the young apple tree they planted before they sold us the property is absolutely LADEN with fruit this year. I guess it has fully matured and aims to be fruitful and multiply. I think it's a Golden Delicious tree, though of course the apples are a bit "hardier" and more "rustic" than the ones we buy at the grocery store.
Anyway, there's literally hundreds of apples on the danged thing, and though we are healthy, fruit-eating folk, there's just too many to eat raw. Any ideas as to how to preserve these beauties? We don't eat much jelly, so that's a non-starter. Other than applesauce, what are my options? Does applesauce preserve well?
I have some basic understanding of the canning process, having hung out in the kitchen as my grandparents canned literally tons of produce back in the day, so I guess I could handle the process. Or maybe I could just sit on the side of the road and sell them by the pound?
We also have some beautiful Bosch pear trees coming to fruition. Lucky us. Hear me now: if you live in a semi-tropical environment like the Deep South, plant a few fruit trees. Free food, little to no maintenance. Good stuff.