How You Like Them Apples?

August 15th

Remember how I said the apple trees in the neighborhood were going crazy? Thanks to Roman law, I ended up with about 25 pounds of large crab apples last week.

I love me some free fruit.

Add about 5 hours of cooking, boiling and labeling, and voila: apple butter and curried apple chutney:

Canning

Canning

Canning

Canning

Canning

Canning

Things learned from this canning adventure:

1. The food mill featured above was worthless. I had to return it. So, the apple butter has some seeds in it. I suppose I’ll only hand it out to those who don’t mind a little extra fiber with their breakfast.

2. I could use a good food mill.

3. This curried apple chutney recipe from the traditional Ball canning guide makes a TON of food. I canned some 14 jars of chutney, and it made the house smell wonderful.

4. Apple butter in the Crockpot is a great idea, but be wise that it will burn overnight if you aren’t careful. Better to start it first thing in the morning and keep an eye on it during the day.

5. Cheese and rice, my pantry is now full of apple recipes. Considering one more round to clean up all the apples falling in the yard: apple sauce.

6. Who wants to come over for some apples?

~K

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5 Responses

  1. How appropriate… I’m planning to make pearsauce (like applesauce?) tonight. My sister/cooking consultant tells me 4 hours in the crockpot on low is the way to go. I’ve never tried a food mill – I just cut them up my hand (argh).

  2. I have used a meat grinder for that type of thing, a hand-me-down from a Grandmother, but they are easy to find at antique malls. They also make food mill attachments for the Kitchen Aid. Good luck!

  3. Wish I could come get some of those apples! We’re running low on applesauce. 🙂

  4. ummm that all looks so good! I bet it smelled heavenly!

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