I realized I didn’t actually share what exactly I have in my kitchen in boxes:
220lbs of loveliness. And already aching feet!!
How to deal with apple offal
My husband was right – throwing away apple peels and cores (or even composting them), seems very wasteful. I could have made apple cider vinegar, but decided on apple peel jelly. The only off-putting thing about the recipe is the amount of sugar (7 cups), but a jelly is usually pretty sweet so this ought to work out well.
The pot of stewed peels and cores has been sitting overnight and I’m jumping in, still in my PJs. Wish me luck. I’ll report back.
4 jars of jelly are in the canner, 1 is not going to be processed. As I was filling the jars my mom texted that she never processes her jams and jellies if they’re put piping hot into a hot, sterilized jar. She throws me for a loop – my boiling canner needs something to do, and I am torn because all of the recipes I have read say to process between 5 and 10 minutes.
I ponder this while filling my jars and the first one I filled, put the lid on and screwed the ring on, pops. I text this development to my mom and ask, “So I guess she’s good then?” Mom texts back one word: “Yes!”. Okay!
Still, by the time I finish filling all the jars no more have popped. I decide to process them, as it surely can’t hurt. I’ll label the one I didn’t process, and see the difference.
I like this really pretty pink jelly. I had better – I’ve got at least another box or two of apples to use and there’s going to be lots of peels and cores.
There’s something happening that I didn’t plan on reckoning with: my sweet activities are attracting wasps. I have already overcome my heeby jeebies and squished one. I am feeling brave and all-conquering. I jam, I can, I kill wasps. I am woman, hear me roar!
Next up: nectarines
Looks like my son is giving me his full cooperation by having a great nap. I’ve been able to make 7 jars of nectarine jam with the addition of cinnamon and ground ginger. The house smells amazing!
I’ll freeze and can the rest of the nectarines next, but first it’s time for my second load of dishes…because of course our dishwasher has crapped out!
My back, my aching back!
I’m done canning the nectarines for now. I can’t believe I have been at this all day and this is all I have to show for my efforts! I mean, there’s lots of work here and lots of goodies, but…I am kind of underwhelmed. Shouldn’t I have run out of jars by now?
I’m going to get my husband to figure out our vacuum sealer and that should take care of the rest of the nectarines. I hope, that is. I have this fear that there’s another box of nectarines among the ones on my kitchen floor.
Wondering if I’ll get anything more than that done tonight or if my husband will try to convince me we should watch a movie instead. I’m rooting for the movie!!
Day tally of injuries to self and others:
burns: a few on my arm
wasp death: 1
Tomorrow: tomato day!
Live like you mean it,
PS Uh…there’s another box of nectarines…yay! Yikes!