Yesterday was a full day! We had about 100 pounds of apples to process. Where did we get these apples? In Wisconsin! We were in Wisconsin for about a week. We visited both Mark's family and my own family. We first went to my parent's cabin and got to ride ATVs and go kayaking. That was great fun!
You know how I just love to CAN...Well, our potatoes did not do so well so I asked my husband if we could buy some up in Wisconsin. He bought a sack of 50lbs of potatoes...I said, "Thanks so much but that will only get me started...We need about 3 more!" He was trying to figure out where I could find time to can 200 lbs of potatoes. And they were not that cheap! I think we paid $15 for 50 lbs. In years past, we generally paid about $10.
I, of course, wanted apples and pie pumpkins to can as well. Not to mention carrots. He said, "I have the carrots, get some pie pumpkins, but the apples are steep!" He handed me a $20 bill and said "Get what you can for $20, but I am sure that will not buy you very many apples!!" Well, I really wanted about 100 lbs and I was hoping for a miracle...
I said, "Please lets go to an orchard and SEE what they have." We got in the truck and headed down to a local Wisconsin orchard. It was what I hoped for, DEER APPLES!!! Those are the apples that do not make the grade and more than likely were sitting on the ground when they picked them. $4 a bushel! Can you believe that?! I was able to get 100lbs of apples for my $20 bill!
Yesterday, I picked up Owen and Evie and we worked together all day putting up those apples. We filmed it all and I will be posting the video along with more how to photos in a blog post as soon as my internet works. We made apple sauce and apple pie filling. It was a delightful day. 20 quarts of sauce and about 18 quarts of pie filling. It was such fun!
First we washed the apples with vinegar water to get the waxy residue off. Next was pretty simple. We cut the apples into quarters. No need to remove the cores, seeds, or peelings.
Stir occasionally to keep the apples from sticking to the sides and rotating the soft apples to the top and the more firm apple pieces to the bottom...
Owen helped turn the sauce through that machine.