Monday, September 22, 2014

Wormy Apples

I have a big 
(very big. Too Big.)
apple tree in my yard.

Since we moved here after spring had passed, we didn't do any spraying.
so all of the apples are wormy.
(although I really do like the concept of being pesticide free)

They are falling on the ground and rotting there.
They are filled with little black bugs
(But I think those come after they have fallen and begun to rot)

Carter and I have spent quite a bit of time picking up all of the fruit off of the ground.

But the tree is still very full of fruit.

Such a waste.

When Frank's parents were here, his mom picked an apple
and cut off a piece from the side of the fruit that didn't have any holes
or signs of bugs.

The fruit inside was perfect.
tart and sweet
but not quite ripe yet.

It made me realize that I could potentially have some really delicious apples on that tree!

So today I googled
"using wormy apples"
and sure enough there are lots of frugal, smart people out there who are willing to overlook
a few bugs and worms in their fruit.

I'm toying with the idea of using the good part of the fruit to make applesauce.

I just have to figure out if it's possible for me to overcome
the heebie jeebies that I'm sure to get when I'm cutting open those
wormy wormy apples!

And then how to get my kid to eat it...


  1. I don't think I could do it. I really admire people who can, but I would really struggle with it. But I would eat it (if I didn't know about the worms/bugs)!

  2. Debbie, you probably could have guessed that this is something I'm up for, right? I do apple sauce and apple butter. I rinse the apples, quarter them (no peeling, no coring), dump them in a huge pot, simmer them, then run them through a mill. I use one by Victorio (ask me if you want more details). That takes care of all the not-nice stuff. I'd be glad to walk you through the process if you'd like. Best of luck!