During the week I was in Vancouver Autumn came to
The leaves are turning colours (and in some cases, falling already!) the
air smells of wood smoke and somehow the sunshine doesn’t seem so hot. Cumberland
Also during the week I was in
the apples on my trees have ripened and are ready for me to do stuff with. Last
night I baked an apple crisp. I have no vanilla ice cream in the house (and
can’t bring myself to try it with chocolate ice cream, no matter how much I
love chocolate) but it was darn fine anyhow! Vancouver
Today I started processing apples. I headed in to Wal-Mart & picked up three dozen wide mouth pint jars, some extra snap lids and I also found a quart-jar canner that I put into my shopping cart.
|LOADS still on the tree!|
Using my handy-dandy corer/peeler/slicer (which frankly takes off too much of the apple flesh in my opinion) I filled my G I A N T cook-pot with apple. Two tablespoons of cinnamon and a little water added (there is no sugar in anything I processed today) onto the stove it went. About forty minutes of processing is what was needed to get the apple into a chunky mush (there was a LOT of it) and when it was ready to process into canning jars I got started.
|After 10 minutes and a stir.|
Once the applesauce was ready, using my funnel, I filled the jars nearly to the rim – first batch into the pot to be processed (twenty-five minutes) I gave myself about ten minutes to putter around, clean up what mess I had made and then get the next batch of either jars ready for processing.
AGH! I didn’t quite have enough applesauce to fill the other eight jars earmarked for today’s batch of applesauce… so I have thirteen pint jars of chunky applesauce with cinnamon, one pint of chunky applesauce with pear wedges and two more pints of canned pears. I only had a small amount of pears left from before, and so being able to process some of them along with the applesauce today was nice.
|Listening to the lids pop!|
Tomorrow I think I will maybe try out applesauce with lemon, plum and ginger. I figure if it’s a total fail the worst thing I have is something I can sweeten with honey and pour on ice cream! I have plum sauce I processed last year when I moved into the house (and used lemon in it) – all I need to do is get my hands on some fresh ginger.
With love across the waters,