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Discovering a pare-ticular way to prep apples

by Amy Roby

The two apple trees in our backyard have blessed us with bushel upon bushel of fruit this year. We’ve shared the bounty with friends and neighbors and still have apples stored in a number of places through the house: bowls in the kitchen, bags in the laundry room, boxes in the garage. To make the most of this sweet harvest, I decided to attempt fresh apple butter and freeze a few crisps to enjoy throughout the winter months.

In the past, I’ve always been able to prep our homegrown fruit by hand. That’s not a reasonable approach this year because of the amount of fruit I’m working with; my hands don’t have the dexterity or endurance to tackle that many apples. So I asked around and was generously loaned a hand-cranked apple peeler/corer/slicer by the friend of a neighbor (Thank you, Doris and Debbie!).

I’ve got to say, where has this wizardry been all my life?

Apples are a symbol of wisdom, and I appreciate the ingenuity that went into the creation of this time-saving invention a couple hundred years ago. I’d seen these contraptions in catalogs but had never used one before. Though it looked a little intimidating when I first took it out of the box, assembly was straightforward and once I got the hang of it, what would have easily taken an hour of prep was pared down to about 15 minutes. A few turns of the handle resulted in perfectly peeled, spiral sliced, and cored apples — enough to fill the Crock Pot for my very first batch of apple butter.

Baking isn’t my forte, but this gadget is some special kind of kitchen magic. I’m enthralled and hope to find one of these helpful treasures for myself. The ability to process apples so speedily makes me one happy harvester.

Elks host Veterans Day dinner

On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Tahoe/Douglas Elks host a special dinner at the lodge in honor of Veterans Day. Social hour starts at 5 p.m. with a tri-tip dinner following at 6 p.m.

U.S. military veterans are invited to attend the dinner free of charge; a $10 donation per person is requested from other guests. Social distancing guidelines will be followed, and masks are required. Seating is very limited for this popular event, and reservations are first come, first served. To secure a spot, call Virginia at 775-782-5870.

The Tahoe/Douglas Elks Lodge is located at 1227 Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Oktoberfest golf tournament

Carson Valley Golf Course hosts an annual Oktoberfest golf tournament this Saturday, Oct. 24.

Play gets underway with a shotgun start at 10 a.m., and format is a 4-person scramble. $40 per player includes golf, lunch, and prizes; season pass holders pay the usual fee plus $15.

For questions or to sign up, call 775-265-3181. CVGC is located at 1027 Riverview Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos.