Thursday, November 20, 2008

Can Until You Can't

I guess I still can, but I'm getting a little tired of it going solo.

The latest additions: another four quarts of applesauce and six half-pints of apple preserves. I'll use the apple preserves to make mini-apple tarts for Xmas parties. It's a little too sweet in large quantities. (Note to self: drastically reduce the amount of sugar when using home-grown apples!)

I just made another apple cake today. In my haste to lick the batter from the bowl put the cake in the oven, I forgot to put on the topping before I baked the cake. I took one look at it when the timer went off and thought "what the heck happened to the cake?" Duh, strusel topping! I quickly whipped it up and put it on the cake, turning on the broiler to brown it up. Cake saved.

I figure that since the boys are sick of apples fruit is fairly cheap right now, and since it usually goes up late spring, I'll buy fresh fruit for eating now and save the applesauce for later.

Yes, I still have copious amounts of apples in the fridge and garage, although I'm down to about 10 pounds in the garage and five in the fridge. Unfortunately, few are good for baking. I really need to borrow a dehydrator, or get racks for my oven. Apparently the manufacturer makes special racks (my oven has a special dehydrator setting), but they're not telling where you can get them. Typical.


Sinfonian said...

Ooh, I love apple chips. My mother has a dehydrator that works well.

I was wondering what you did for rings when you canned? Never seen them without lids.

Great pics, thanks for sharing, and that's one amazing haul of apples!

Lastly, love the side notes, cross outs, very funny! Thanks!

Kristi said...

Yes, that is an amazing amount of apples. I'm (actually) hoping that next year I don't get more than what I managed this year. Apple chips sound wonderful. I've heard that apple pie made from dried apples is way better than fresh? I really need to find a way to dry fruit.

As for the canning rings, you actually take them off after the jars have cooled from processing. If properly sealed, the jars don't need the rings during storage, and shouldn't have them on. So I have a drawer full of rings that are only used for during processing and then again once the jar has been opened.

Have a good one!

Sinfonian said...

Good to know! I guess we have a ton more rings than you do, hehe. Great money saving technique! Thanks and enjoy the apples!