Saturday, September 24, 2011

Yummy Apple Canning

This is prime time for Apples - you will notice Apple Fests popping up all over and check the produce at your local market ... bags and bags of apples.   Up until last year I would bring apples home and they would all be gobbled up and I never thought to can any.   With the kids gone off to college, I decided it was time to do something with all the apples and Fall is the time.   I discovered  how wonderful opening up a jar of canned apples and simply pouring the contents in an unbaked pie crust, covering with another crust and venting for steam and baking for a totally delicious apple pie treat!   Tomorrow we are headed to a local Apple Fest but I did grab two bags of apples yesterday at the market and spent the morning canning - two 3 lb. bags netted me 3 quarts of canned apples.
The first step is to core and slice the apples soaking them in lemon juice and water so they don't discolor after they are sliced.   Last year I had my apple corer and made rings (it's still back at the other home) and I also added the optional red food coloring (also back at the other home).   So this year we are doing half slices and no red food coloring.   Results are the same!
You then make a syrup with 4 cups water and 4 cups sugar (now this is for 10 lbs. of apples, so I cut the sugar in half).   Boil the syrup for 5 minutes and to this I did add a little bit of spices - cinnamon sticks and allspice cloves in a cheesecloth.   This is removed before canning.   You then add the apples (drained of the lemon soak) to the syrup and let stand for 10 minutes.   Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.
The apples will cook down and release liquid of their own so there is plenty for the canning process.  After the 30 minutes you remove the apples and let cool.   Once cooled pack into jars leaving 1/2" headspace.   Ladle hot syrup over the apples, remove bubbles, adjust the caps and Voila!
Process quarts 20 minutes in boiling water canner.
Recipe is from Ball Blue Book of Preserving
I snapped a shot of our soybean field on the way to town....don't I look so lovely in that sideview mirror??   We have about 8 acres here that a local farmer plants and harvests for us, then we share the profits with him.   It looks to me it still has a ways to go before harvest.   Heard some very Sad news today on the radio...this county is included in the Agricultural Disaster program for Illinois which was just put into action.   Many, many crops failed due to excessive rain and flooding in surrounding areas so farmers are able to apply for assistance from the government.
Relying on the weather for a good harvest can be a tricky and scary business especially with the extremes we have been experiencing in the last few years.

3 comments:

  1. i've never canned apples before-thanks for the tips!!! i should try it!

    sad that the weather is causing so many problems for farming right now...and scary! :(

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  2. I am going to have to try and can some apples as well. I will have to buy a lot more than I do because apples don't last long with three hungry children runnig around. On another note, I never thought about what happens the farmers when we have natural disasters like the hurricanes. I hope y'all weren't affected much, and I hope your soy beans ripen! I love soy beans!

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  3. Thank you both and so very nice to meet you! Apple prices soar sky high in the winter months so having a few jars in the pantry is a special treat and harvest time you can definitely get good deals. I don't think our soy beans were affected - I guess we will know when the farmer comes to harvest or rather when he sells them ... I should ask more about how the process works.

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