Friday, October 9, 2009

Drying Apples by the Fire

Since we've got lots of apples on hand I thought I would dry some this year.  I would prefer to use my solar dryer but I just don't think it is going to be warm enough over the next while to do so.  We dug out our electric dryer, which hasn't been used in a while, and got that going yesterday.

Then I sliced some up and put them in front of the fireplace. Have I mentioned how much I love having a fireplace?

The bonus of drying them in front of the fire, besides that they dry even faster here than in the electric dryer, is that they make the room smell delicious.  W commented on it as well.  Such a lovely feeling to be in a warm, cozy, apple scented room.

And, fireplaces are lovely for drying clothes in front of too.

I washed and dried this wool cardigan yesterday and now have plans to do some needle felting on it. I haven't tried needle felting on a garment before but I think it will be fun to give it a try.


Jacqueline said...

can't wait to see the finished sweater! (i'm envious of your "real" fireplace!)

Leigh said...

Excellent idea for drying apples! We finally got our woodstove in with, ironically, a warm spell! But, that won't last!

this is my patch said...

This is a great idea for drying apples. I am definitely going to try this. We only have a gas-effect coal fire, but it gives out a lot of heat. This would look lovely at Christmas-time, and on a cold Autumnal evening. x

Heather said...

The apples actually dry surprisingly (to me) fast by the fire. I love the way they look in their jars afterwards too, leaving the red skin on makes them very pretty.