Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Two Saturdays ago, I went to a local auction (the auctioneer is Amish, so it was an especially neat auction to go to, with all the Amish ladies, children and babies running around.) They were selling quilts and produce, among other things.
The quilts were uh-maze-ing, but I just couldn't afford them. In particular, they had a cathedral quilt which was divine. Ever seen one of them? I admit, the coveteousness was pouring out of me and pooling at my feet. I was tempted to forego my "cash only" system so that I could make installments on it. ;-)
But I had gone for apples. The last two dozen or so went for $13.00 a bushel. (Up from last year but much lower than "town" prices) and I got five bushel. I hope to get a few more bushel of Crispin Apples later this month, as they are good keepers and will keep us in fresh apples for most of the winter. But the Macs were specifically for preserving and cider making.
This past weekend I tackled them. The end result was 28 qts. of applesauce, 35 pints and half-pints of apple butter, 2 bushels of the best small apples set aside to make homemade cider at our Church Harvest Party this Saturday and several dozen of the best big apples to be made into apple pie filling and for dehydrating. (I still haven't done the last apples' worth of work.) I found this recipe for apple fritters and I am thinking I absolutely MUST try it this week.
I have now officially exhausted my supply of quart jars so either I need to stop canning for the season or I need to buy more jars. :-)
I have no counter space right now, which needs to be remedied except I have no room elsewhere to put the jars (my canning cupboard is chock full, as is a different cupboard I emptied for the overflow from the canning cupboard (which filled up in no time) AND two very large and deep shelves I used to use for kitchen tools that now ALSO house jars. I have no idea where these will go. Nor do I know where the flats of onions will go or the many crates of winter squash and pumpkins that are littering my laundry room and kitchen floor. (We never did get around to a root cellar this year....here is hoping for next!)
What happy problems to have, no?
How was your weekend? Did you have a good one?