1. Go apple picking
2. Make something with those apples. Apple butter was at the top of the list
I can mark both those things off my list!
I started out at the store to buy jars and whatever else I may need. I found the food mill I wanted at Bed Bath and Beyond over the weekend so I had that covered already.
I got home and set it all up. Well, at least I thought I had it all set up.
My husband bought this cool little gadget for me so I could peel, core and slice the apples all at once.
Yes, I realize it's not on there straight and half the apple is sliced smaller than the other half. Baby steps, people, baby steps.
I consult my instructions (the TWO sources I had found)
Yes, I was checking both the internet and the handy book I bought today. I also assembled the cookware I would need. Big pot to boil the jars, and another pot to cook the apples. (right about here Alex needed to be taken to football practice)
Now, I'm back home, dump the four cups of sugar and two cups of water in and crank that bad boy up on high. Oops, this is where I realize I am not supposed to cook the apples in the sugar. Oh well, how bad can it be?
I forgot to get a shot of the apples cooking. I think I checked my facebook at about that time.
Apples cooked and food mill assembled. Here we go!
Apples are now pulp and ready to go back in the pot to be seasoned with sugar (already done) cinnamon and cloves. I cooked that until it was very thick. Meanwhile my little jars and lids are bubbling away in their jacuzzi bath getting all sterile.
I rejoiced in every "ping" the lids made as the jars sealed. I think I've done it! I've made apple butter! I left a little aside in the refrigerator to have with breakfast. That will be the true test. The taste test! I think biscuits for breakfast are in order.
I am ready to try jelly or some other way to preserve these apples. My seven little jars today barely put a dent in my supply. Looks like another trip to Walmart for jars.