Canned Apples

| 9/2/2014 10:23:00 AM

Of Mice and Mountain MenSummer is winding down and the canner is getting lots of use. This time I'm canning apples.

This is the first year since we moved in here that we had a decent apple harvest. I’m pretty sure that has something to do with the 3-inch thick layer of wood chips I put around the base of the tree last fall.

This year I pulled a market basket full of apples off the tree. This may have been a little early, but I didn’t want to wait until they were all wormy. I put them in a big paper bag and let them finish ripening there. I canned them up yesterday.


I got nine pints from that basket if apples. Yes, I can count: One didn’t seal and it’s in the refrigerator. I probably forgot to wipe the rim. By the time I got to the canning run it was getting late and Marie would be home soon and I was rushing.

These are just plain apples, no seasoning or fancy stuff done to them. I figure they’re more versatile that way.

9/3/2014 2:29:44 PM

Indeed I do Dave! Our garden didn't do well either. I've got a good tomato crop coming in late, but most everything else struggled. We had a really late frost that forced a major do-over and a lot of early crops started too late to thrive. Still, we do what we can with what we have, right! At least I have apples!

9/3/2014 8:53:23 AM

Allan, this time of the year is a great time to be alive, don't you think. All the hard labor during the year is now coming to fruition. All the fruits of trees and plants are being stored away for the coming winter. I'm not preserving much if any thing this year. The storage room will last a while longer before store sale items will replenish the shelves. Our gardens didn't do well here in Nebraska. Lousy weather really prevented much production from the warm weather plants. ***** Have a great apple canning day.

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