Sunday, September 09, 2007

Hard Days Work

Applesauce... a huge part of our winter diet. I didn't have a bumper crop this year on the tree... so we only have a 15 quarts so far. I am putting up on Freecycle for more. I am sure someone has a tree around here I can pick for some applesauce. On the left, strawberry applesauce, on the right, just plain. The baby has eaten it for three days... I think I need to vary his diet. But he LOVES the stuff... and I love him loving it.

After canning for two days strait, I needed a break. I put all the canning stuff in the garage and Logan and I sat and read Blueberries for Sal from the library. I love that book.

12 comments:

Terri said...

how do you make applesauce? I know nothing about canning. I didn't come from a very domestic background, but I feel a little domestic gene nagging at me. ;)

Anonymous said...

Val~
We have three apple trees on our new little (old) farmette. Share your recipe, please! Somewhere, somehow, in our move, I lost my Ball's Blue Book of canning!!!
Do you use a Victoria Strainer?
Kate Talley
ps..you look so skinny in the photo....breastfeeding?

Val said...

Terri this is for you:
http://goddesshobbies.blogspot.com/2007/09/strawberry-applesauce-ingredients.html

I will write more later...

Val

Sarah said...

yummy yummy yummy!! I've never canned before and I would so love to learn. That strawberry one is such a nice color. It will be so tasty this winter. Enjoy!

Katie said...

The applesauce looks so good, and Logan looks so happy to be reading with his mama....I love that book too!!!

Kimberlee said...

I haven't ever canned before either. But that sounds yummy.

Val said...

You guys are wonderful!

That link I posted for Terri is for you all... it shows exactly how I make my applesauce every year. I hardly ever use sugar. I did last year with the cherry, but haven't made cherry this year. I did get a bite on my freecycle to get more apples and pears. YAY! I have to go pick them up on Thursday. :)

Oh, for those non-canners, you can easily freeze this. It is not quite as quick, but still really good and yummy and organic and all that. ;) Try it! Even if you just make one big batch and eat it all, you won't be sorry. :)

Val

Val said...

Kate... yep. I have about 7 lbs to go, and it is all my own fault I still have that. Logan is an avid breastfeeder, and nurses around the clock. I gained 50lbs though... so I think I am doing ok with the 7 I have left. ;)

Val

Cindy said...

Val, that applesauce looks delicious! My grandma used to make applesauce when I was a kid. There is nothing better than homemade applesauce! I may need to head to the local orchard now! :)

Brie said...

I was fighting that primal urge to can this year...but this totally blew that out of the water! I wonder what I can find on freecycle around here...
Thank you Val=)

Brie said...

Oh and I keep looking at your shelves...I miss the days when things could be at that level safely hee!

simply patti said...

My boys love homemade applesauce, which I haven't even started because I have been so sick! Next weekend will be full of apples, jars and the Squeez-o...

I love that picture of you and Logan... :)