This year I decided that I would try to eat healthier. So when I saw an offer for a 40+ pound box of organic apples for $25, I jumped on the opportunity! Next thing I know I was headed to my momma’s house with TWO boxes of apples. 80 pounds of apples! Oh my goodness…so many apples!
I had to try one first. You know, just to be sure they were ok for canning. YUM! Gravenstein apples. Absolutely delicious heaven!
The first task was to wash all the apples. I quickly realized that my momma’s little sink wasn’t going to hold as many apples as we had. Soon we had apples everywhere. On the table. On the counter. In buckets.
After a disastrous try with my apple/corer tool, we ended up coring & peeling by hand. Which meant that 80 pounds was going to take a L-O-N-G time to finish.
Finally we had 7 1/2 cups of apples ready to make into apple butter. A little bit of water and the pot was put onto the stove. Meanwhile, we enjoyed watching this little one while we peeled more apples.
Monkey boy loved helping Auntie with her apples. He was very happy to find that she left a box of round balls for him to throw. Silly boy, apples don’t bounce!
In the meantime I decided to make apple crisp for lunch. Mistake #1 – using honey in the crisp. Mistake #2 – cooking the apples for an hour. Mistake #3 – not having whip cream for the crisp.
This is what was left after we sieved the apple butter. This ended up being used in the batches of applesauce.
Apple pulp ready for spices. We added a little bit of sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Yummy!
At the end of the day it was nice to see the results of our hard work! I took home 22 pints of applesauce and 11 half-pints of apple butter. (My mom’s frieend made the quarts) My family’s response: YUMMY! The applesauce is a hit!