Last week when I went apple picking with Taylor, I also bought a HUGE box of less-than-perfect apples for only 10 bucks! They were advertised for baking and canning… and I thought to myself “I do that! What a steal” (I can’t say no to a bargain).
Canning is actually VERY new to me, I’ve been super interested in it for a while, at least as a… “I want to do that” sort of thing. And for my birthday, back in July, Tyler got me a bunch of stuff to set me up for canning. (Including that really good book.) I don’t have any fancy tools for peeling apples, or these magic sounding squisher things that separates the peal after it’s heated, so I did it all by hand.
(peels and cores and icky parts)
(18 apples all chopped up) I don’t have a scale, although I will soon, but somewhere on the interweb I read that 3 medium-sized apples is roughly a pound, and the recipe called for 6 pounds, so I peeled, cored and chopped 18 apples (MATH!) I then added 1 1/2 cups of water, because that’s what the book said (but I don’t recommend going by my numbers) and let it boil until it got mushy for like… 40 minutes or something. It got really hot and bubbly and it splashed me, so be careful if you do this at home.
Then I used a teeny-tiny food processor (borrowed from Brittany) and further mixed up the apples so they were all one-ish texture. This took forever, since I had to do it in so many batches. I then put the new food-processed apples back onto the pot for another 5 minutes. I don’t know why, but the directions said to do so.
Now time for canning… If you want to can, I’m not really giving great instructions to do so, I skipped over the whole sanitizing and sealing part of boiling the jars in water (I did it, I’m just not going to go into detail about it, I’m already writing too much).
(the bright green things are from my new canning kit!)