I am currently sitting at work - night shift tonight.
This is the quietest part of my day though... I spend the whole day canning APPLES!
On Friday night I went to a game night at a friends house.
They had three 5 gal. buckets of transparent apples from their tree
and talked me into taking one home!
Now, what was I going to DO with all these apples? Hmm??
I worked all weekend, so they sat here and got a little overly ripe.
I got the bright idea to make applesauce and can it!
I called up my mom and asked to borrow all her canning supplies.
Here's my supplies:
Unfortunately, my apples were too mushy to use the apple corer/peeler.
That made my work a lot harder and more time consuming than I'd hoped.
I started about 10:00 am and was still working on it at 5:30 pm when my husband came home from work. I think he thought I was crazy,
BUT here's what I got done!
- 8 Pints of Spiced Applesauce
- 3 Pints of Caramel Apple Jam
- 1 Apple Crisp
For my Spiced Applesauce, I used the simple recipe from the Blue Ball Book of Preserving and tweaked it a little.
- Cooked my apples until soft
- Transferred to my food processor to mash them up
- Placed them back in saucepan and added a couple of teaspoons of cinnamon and nutmeg
- Brought apples to a rolling boil, while stirring
- Ladled sauce into hot/sterilized jars leaving about 1/4 inch at the top
- Placed jars back in the boiling hot water bath for 20 minutes
For the jam, I used Ott, A's recipe, Carmel Apple Jam,
Doesn't it look yummy?!
And let's not talk about how after I added the pectin to my apples,
I realized I had NO brown sugar and had to make a run to the store, okay?? =)
And finally, my apple crisp. I'll have to add the recipe for it tomorrow when I'm at home again. It's one of those oh so simple, but very good recipes. I could probably guess the whole recipe, but I won't... just in case. =)
(Half of this was gone already by the time I left for work tonight)
And last but not least, my poor Little Guy was feeling neglected apparently because mommy was not paying enough attention to him.
So I got the bright idea to bring in a kitchen someone gave him quite a while ago from the garage. He had lots of fun "helping" mommy in his "BIG house" (which he was calling the kitchen).
I gave him a couple of my metal measuring cups and he used them like pots and then a plastic liquid measuring cup. He also enjoyed taking my apples out of the bucket and sticking them in all the little cupboards! haha So cute!