I spent most of yesterday afternoon processing food. It was a good excuse to warm up the house since it was a little chilly inside and having the oven on for an hour baking pumpkins got it warmed up quite quickly.
A few weeks ago I picked up four relatively large sugar pie pumpkins for about $1 each from a local farm. I finally got around to roasting two of them and ended up with a tremendous amount of cooked pumpkin. I still need to puree it, drain it, measure it out and freeze it, but it was such a big job I didn't have time to do it all yesterday. I'm thinking this year will be the year of lots of pumpkin pies, pumpkin scones, pumpkin soup, pumpkin cookies and pumpkin bread. Not that I'm complaining. I love pumpkin. And I still have five more pumpkins to process (including the ones from my garden).
While the pumpkins were roasting, I finally got up the nerve to ask my next door neighbor if I could take some of her apples. I'd seen another neighbor over there last week picking apples so I figured she was amenable. Also, Saturday was really windy and I knew a lot of apples fell from the tree. So, I asked if I could take some of her windfall apples. She looked at me as if I were completely off my rocker. But, then again, she doesn't speak English very well.
After peeling the apples, I cored and sliced them. I put them in a solution of water and lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. After draining them, I tossed them in a sugar and cinnamon mixture and put them in the dehydrator. They turned out fantastically and they smelled heavenly while they were dehydrating.
I have another neighbor down the street that has an apple tree that I know doesn't do anything with them, so I'll hit them up next and start all over again. I'm pretty sure they don't mind not having to deal with all those apples. Anyway, I love getting seasonal foods preserved for future use, especially when it is free (or nearly so)!
Anybody got a favorite pumpkin recipe out there?
Pumpkin photo courtesy of teenytinyturkey.