A forager feast

Shwmae @Magga, diolch yn fawr for your kind comment. I too, am not always successful in storing apples for long periods. Some varieties keep better than others. I am, currently, converting an unwanted cot into a storage rack. I was going to make one from scratch, but have no time at the moment for it. I press most of my apples into juice, and also make cider. I don’t drink cider but being able to offer it to others is always a visitor’s treat. My partner dries a lot of fruit but not apples. When I was a child, I used to live close by to an apple drying place, I won’t call it a factory because it was essentially a larger timber shed, but I enjoyed hanging around it as the smell was so inviting.

In the past, I kept apples individually wrapped in newspaper in old cardboard fruit boxes down the cellar but the damp sometimes affects the base of the box, hence my need for a rack. I suppose a thin layer of beeswax rubbed over individual apples might keep them for quite some time, but I haven’t tried this.

Storing apples. Grandfather and father were greengrocers.Grandfather had a large Nissan hut and I use to watch him for hours inspecting apples and packing them in wooden crates. Storing apples successfully starts with the picking. Windfalls and any bruising or pecked apples won’t store also if the stalk has snapped off inside the cavity it originates from. Some varieties don’t store more than a few weeks others can store for 6 months, Bramley seedling for example. Each apple has a season to be picked so some research is required. Basic storing tips. Pick apples gently, handle them like eggs ,gently place them in basket when picking. Storage has to be in cool vermin free place . I’ve stored them In defunct freezers in garage and old pine dressers lined out, on news paper not touching. Inspecting them regularly Also wooden wine boxes stacked one on top of other to keep mice out and board or wire netting lid on top.plastic mushroom trays from greengrocer are perfect as they don’t rot and are stackable .some varieties can be stored In polythene freezer bags. Place perfect apples in freezer bag gently, 4/6 depending on size. Suck out air and secure with twist tie. Now the critical bit ! With a sharp pencil or nail puncture bag 4 times avoiding apples allowing apples to breath, your creating a gas storage unit that mimics how apples are stored commercially, store on shelf in wine boxes a cool bedroom is better than nothing. Have friends who like Bobi stew and jar or stew and deep freeze. Critical thing with storing is knowing varieties, how long will it store, picking at appropriate time, they should come off tree easily not ripped off and before placing gently in box/basket turned over in circular direction looking for any damage or bruising, give those away with windfalls or use first. I’m sure all this information is better described on internet.

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Rups, pds, bobbi
Many thanks for lovely advice - your ‘Cider with Rosie’ writing is so much more enjoyable than the internet. I’ll try to put some of the ideas into practice but I have no idea of the varieties so munching madly.

Enjoyed Chomsky plus cider - vg ideas, again, for activating recalcitrant limbs. Keep warm and hopeful.
Magga

Hi @Rups , how’s the shoulder and your quest to lye on your right side? I’ve just noticed these older posts …. So impressed … how did you ‘learn’ how to do all these things? My Dad used to grow his own veg, and for compost … he used to collect … wait for it … Cow Pats from local fields: as kids we were very embarrassed by this of course. Mind you, I don’t mind the smell of Cow poops, probably been desensitised to the smell. You’ll all certainly fare well if there’s an Apocalypse, excellent Prepping if that applies :sparkles:Anne​:sparkles:

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Shwmae Anne, I can manage a few turns on my right. I have a hot water bottle that drapes around my neck, if I stuff that between two pillows, I can get into a pain free position. First time I could, it was bliss. It’s not very practical as I tend to toss and turn, so have to remove the hottie when I turn to the left. I have often thought that if there was an apocalypse, I’d be okay on mushrooms and plants. Even a standard lawn has many edibles in it, might not provide the most filling of meals but it would provide nutrients :grinning:

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That’s great news @Rups … good thinking re the pillows and hot water bottle :slightly_smiling_face: Hopefully you’re getting a better night’s sleep now. Not being bossy now … but could you set the same thing up on your left so you don’t have to physically move as much? Just an idea. Yes, well Foraging is definitely a useful skill to have, especially for the younger generation …. But a standard lawn?? I can’t imagine (non insect wise ugh) what you’d find in just your back garden? :thinking:

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Bittercress, dandelion (roots, flower, leaves), ribwort, daisies, clover, on a basic lawn and then possibly evening primrose, ground elder … maybe some burdock, wild garlic, jack by the hedge, nettles, thistle, chickweed, and brambles. All edible. Not an exciting meal, grant you, but if I had to stay alive, I’d get creative :grin:

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Whaaaaat? That’s amazing @Rups thanks for the info. If there is an Apocalypse, I can now stay in place and live off my lawn, which isn’t very big … but does have a lot of those varieties! Thanks :slightly_smiling_face:

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