I made applesauce and apple butter and canned it. From a local Asian market, we get amazing fuji apples. They're huge!
A quick applesauce/apple butter how to:
Peel the apples. I've done it with and without peeling, and I definitely peel from now on.
Slice the apples up. If you want chunkier sauce/butter, leave them bigger. If you want smooth sauce/butter, dice them.
For applesauce, I threw them into a big pot on medium/high with half a cup of water and the lid on.
After twenty minutes, it's mushy. I use a potato masher to get it to the consistency I like.
I do a hot pack, so I pour the sauce straight into sterilized jars from the pot.
With apple butter, instead of using the stove, I put the apples into the crockpot with 2 cups of sugar, three sticks of cinnamon, and enough ground cloves and pumpkin pie spice to cover the top.
The finished products:
Please excuse the messy counters. If I always waited to have the kitchen clean to make things, I'd never get anything done.
For dinner, I made a turkey roast with mashed potatoes, roasted root vegetables, and snap peas. With the leftovers, I made turkey shepherd's pie for later in the week.
We also managed to get some garden work done. Though I've let it go a bit fallow, this is our main flower bed:
*B* was working on composting old plants. We've cleared out a good bit of our garden and planted potatoes. Wouldn't you know it, when we cleared it, the squashes started producing.
On our neighbor's side of the fence, there's a ton of pokeberry. While it's poisonous (though some eat it anyway), the berries make a really nice ink to draw with.
This little guy was eating our carrots. I think he's a black swallowtail. We let him live.
Check out the Tuesday Garden Party over at An Oregon Cottage.