Friends! I was swept under the tide of big kids' activities this fall, and I dropped everything I could to keep my nose above the water. For me, that meant keeping up with the laundry, good food, and bills/paperwork, and everything else had to wait. I'm eager to get back to you!
Last week, Phoebe and I picked out a custom blend of apples to make applesauce: Fuji, Grimes Golden, Gold Rush, and Smokehouse. Twenty bucks for two bushels of apples, a good price. I really should have read my canning notebook
more closely, though, because I would have met my applesauce goal with 1 1/2 bushels. In the spring sometime, I take inventory of the preserved food
in freezer and cupboard, and then I set some targets for the year's preserving.
So I stashed the apples in the basement until I could clear a day to make applesauce. Phoebe was keen to help, hooray, so I planned for a day when she did not have preschool, but her help couldn't extend much beyond washing jars. Hot apples in a food mill are too much for a four-year-old.
I made a grand total of 33 quarts of applesauce yesterday. Oh, I was tired! I did not do laundry, go food shopping, or editing. I stood in the kitchen and canned. But the resulting applesauce, from those four kinds of apples, is so delicious: deeply rich apple flavor with no sugar needed, thanks to the sweet Fujis. And now my canning goals for the year are all crossed off.
|Putting some tomato-canning photos in here as well!|
Here's my list from this year, basically in chronological order:
7 half-pints strawberry freezer jam
18 pints frozen blueberries
13 pints frozen sour cherries
25 pints frozen corn
17 pints dilly beans
3 quarts frozen green beans
8 pints pickled red beets
9 pints bread & butter pickles
3 half-pints blueberry syrup
5 half-pints pickle relish
10 pints 7-day sweet pickles
5 half-pints duck sauce
2 quarts frozen grape pie filling
3 quarts grape juice
4 half-pints spiced grape butter
21 pints pizza sauce
14 quarts tomato soup
28 quarts whole tomatoes
7 half-pints pimentos
3 half-pints peach jam
33 quarts applesauce
And I'm back on the laundry today, with a grocery shop planned as well.