What we’ve been up to…
Let me just tell you…if I can do this, anyone can do this. I’m not a canner.
I first canned applesauce in Idaho at my friend Lynette’s with a bunch of other people and never dreamed of doing it alone. But, we decided to invest in a food strainer this year since a bunch of our neighbors have apple trees. Apples were abundant and we didn’t have to pay anything for the fruit.
It’s so cool: you put steamed apples in the top (we just cut them with an apple cutter, steamed them on the stove, and then tossed them in the top), you crank the handle,
and all of the “guts” come out the other end. Fresh homemade applesauce straight from nature. You can sweeten it, or add cinnamon, but if I had to do over again I would leave it plain because some of my kids aren’t as crazy about the cloves I threw in when I was steaming the apples and sometimes cinnamon doesn’t taste good in recipes you may want to use it in. Those can always be added later, as my sister-in-law Kristine reminded me after I already finished. :) Oh well, next year.
This is the strainer we got~everyone I talked to said go with the Victorio, but I’m sure others work just as well.
Here is a great blog with detailed instructions on how to can both peaches and applesauce, even if you’ve never done it before.
I never thought it was for me, but I actually liked it. Okay, except for the stickiness everywhere afterward.
And I was exhausted.
But I love knowing that we took food straight from nature and made it into something we can enjoy all winter. My grandma would be so proud and my kids love that they helped make it.
If you don’t have fruit trees, keep your eyes peeled (ha ha) around your area. If you see trees full of fruit just falling to the ground, you can always ask if they are going to use them all. Anyone we asked said to take all we wanted. Apples don’t need to be pretty for applesauce~you can always ask for seconds at fruit stands or farmers markets. The peaches were 60 cents a pound at good old Walmart~I couldn’t pass them up.
I found a big canning water bath 4 years ago at a yard sale for $1 and we just used it this year….
Soooo…are you canning this fall? What’s going in your bottles?