On Tuesday, Jeff got a message from a friend with a home orchard asking if he'd like to come pick some apples. He came home with this.
So, we've been busy the last couple of days. Mostly, we're canning applesauce for use this winter. I'm not going to give a tutorial; there are already plenty available. We are making unsweetened applesauce and cooking down the apples, and then finishing them off by running them through our Vitamix to get a nice smooth applesauce.
We still have the two four-gallon tubs at this point and this is how much we've finished. This is sort of a motley collection of mismatched jars as most of our canning supplies already moved to Prineville. LOL
Today, Jeff saved the peels and cores so he could experiment with making apple jelly, for the first time ever. It worked great! I wish we'd figured it out sooner as all the peels and cores from the last two days just went out into the compost. Oh well. We'll make a jar of jelly from now on from the scraps.
For that recipe, he used Apple Jelly Canning Low Sugar
from Rural Mom. We used water instead of apple juice and it still worked well.
Update later: Final tally was 37 jars of applesauce, and several jars of jelly.
What a beautiful bounty! I am planning on making homemade apple cider vinegar next year with our apples. Wish I had thought of it this year, but it'll be fun to try it.ReplyDelete
Enjoy your applesauce!
Thanks! Apple cider vinegar sounds like an interesting option. I'll have to look into it for next time. This winter we need applesauce for our diet; we're eating a lot of fruit/veges these days.Delete