Monday, October 4, 2010
An apple a day or 48 pounds a day?
While at the apple orchard last week, we brought home a bushel of apples ( about 48 pounds). Since the recipe we were planning to use for the apple butter said we could use "seconds" (as in not top quality) we were able to get our bushel for $12 while the best quality would have been $28. Peeling, coring, and slicing; so easy a two year old can do it; seriously.
It actually was very easy but very time consuming. If you venture to try it I do suggest enlisting help if you are a mother of several small children who will need "things" during the process. We needed 9 quarts of homemade applesauce for the apple butter. So after deducting the 9 quarts we were left with 5 quarts of applesauce to can and a gallon of fresh apple juice to drink, all unsweetened and delicious!
The apple sauce for the butter was added to the crock pots with sugar and spices to cook and thicken overnight. We all made ourselves sick licking our fingers and empty bowls. I have never even had apple butter and have never liked store bought applesauce.
The following morning, this morning, we set to canning the apple butter for the winter and for gifts. Everyone did their share and like always, my sweet father was there to actually can the food for us. : ) He's such a dear.
So 48 pounds of fresh apples made us a gallon of apple juice, 17 jelly jars of apple butter, 3 pints of apple butter, 5 pints of applesauce, and several bowlfuls left for fresh eating, to mention all we ate while making it.