This turned up at my house on Monday…
…and promptly consumed my soul and kitchen for two days straight.
A jazz bandmate of my husband has a few apple trees and is gracious enough to give us any leftovers when he has them. Apparently this year was a doozy for apples! What you see is one 3-gallon bucket and two 5-gallon buckets of fruit. And when these apples turn up, I have to can them fast so they don’t rot. I hate to waste free food, especially when it’s GOOD food.
I believe these are Summer Rambo apples but I’m not an apple expert. I just know they’re darn good baking apples and make the best freaking apple butter and apple pie ever.
I knocked out the 3-gallon bucket myself on Monday and turned that into five quarts of applesauce. I called in the troops (aka my sister, the fastest apple-peeler alive) last night to crank out the rest.
Out of that entire haul, I only had to pitch roughly 10 bad apples.
The final applefest tally was:
- 9 pints of pie filling
- 10 pints of unsweetened applesauce
- 5 quarts and 6 pints of cinnamon applesauce
- 2 baked apple crisps
That’s the most apple products I’ve canned to date. And I was warned that more are likely coming, so the second round will go to apple butter if I get it. Hopefully cider will be in the stores by then so I can make the apple butter!
Are any of you canning yet this year? What have you put up so far?