I was starving for a good breakfast, so I tossed onions, potatoes, green pepper and zucchini in a pan to cook for
While the veggies softened, I cut up nine pounds of organic red delicious apples. I simply core them, and quarter them, and heat with a bit of water. I then run it through my sauce maker and put it back on the stove to thicken. I do not add anything to my applesauce. The kids typically sprinkle organic cinnamon on it when they eat it anyway.
I got 6 pints of canned applesauce. But it wasn't easy.
URRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHH! May I vent for a moment?
The brand new burner I replaced gave out on me. It was heating, but not all the way to "high." I had just put all the jars back in the canner and I noticed nothing was happening for an overly long time period. I switched it to the back burner, and prayed. After a few minutes I leaned over to see if the burner was getting red. Yep. Only I saw flames. Something in the burner pan was on fire. No biggy I thought. I pulled the canner off, and looked. Whatever it was, it appeared to be something spilled that went down under the burner pan. I sprinkled a bit of baking soda to dowse the flames, and put the canner pot back on. I prayed again. Was this really happening? I cannot afford a new stove. I cannot. My winter prep list is stressing me out, and now THIS?!
I'll need to make applesauce a few more times before the snow arrives, but if the back burner gives out, I am in trouble.
Why make applesauce myself? It eliminates chemicals, saves us money, and it's very versatile. I use it for baking (waffles, pancakes, muffins, breads, cookies), in place of oil in many recipes, on meat dishes, for a side for breakfast, lunch or dinner, snacking, topping for gingerbread and other baked goodies, and even for applesauce and peanut butter sandwiches. Organic applesauce here, costs about $4 for about a pint size jar. I can buy three pounds of organic apples and get two pints.
As a kid my Grandma on the Dad's side, would bring us a bushel basket of apples from her tree. I was taught how to make applesauce using a metal strainer and pressing the apples through it by hand.
Yesterday, I cut more spearmint to dry for winter teas, and took down my dried rosemary to put in a jar.
The "garlic guy" was not at the last Farmer's Market. I am told many people had a bad garlic year, along with apples. I am almost out of my garlic powder, so I am on the hunt for garlic (organic of course). I use it all winter long. Now I could go to the store and buy some, but what's the fun in that? Right?
Today I am Thankful for:
~ getting text messages from both my older soldier kids
~ for the perfect weather to work in the garden
~ for our garden bounty, what a blessing it is this year
~ God's Guidance
~ for having enough pint jars on hand to can the applesauce
~ for my sauce maker
~ the back burner that still works on the stove
~ flowers all around us
~ the front porch