Well summer is drawing to a close and with autumn just around the corner it will soon be time to pick and store your apples before the first frost. We have some fantastic products to help you with the Tom & Barbara way of life (that’s growing your own and being self sufficient to the younger generation!).
For those out of reach apples at the top of the tree we have a Wicker Apple Picker, simply raise your picker, wiggle and allow the apple to drop and be caught in the waiting basket.
To store your apples we recommend a flat wooden surface with a good deal of ventilation, sort and grade your apples first, any bruised or damaged apples keep to one side for baking. (For the best apple and blackberry pie ever click here http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/blackberry-apple-pie)
All others can be wrapped in paper (ideally waxed paper) and placed gently on a slatted tray (our vegetable store is perfect).Â Make sure the apples have a little room around them just in case any of them decide to turn bad and they won’t take the neighbours with them!
Make sure your trays are stored in a cool place, ideally an old fashioned parlour would be best but most of us aren’t fortunate enough to have one these days so an outbuilding works just as well, so long as the humidity is low and the temperature stays around 45 degree centigrade.
Most apples will keep for a few months, to be honest it is a bit of an art, but have fun trying and enjoy eating your apples well into the winter!