How is it October already and where did our summer go?! I can’t believe we have to start thinking about raking leaves, making Halloween costumes, and busting out the sweaters already (okay, I don’t really mind that last one…). But on the bright side, fall also means it’s apple season!!! This Friday, Brian and I snuck out of work a little early and headed to Charlottesville to visit the Carter Mountain Orchard again. Last year we made the trip with the entire Hawkins clan, but this time is was a quick trip, playing a game of chicken with some storms.
After the fun we headed out with a couple pumpkins, cider donuts, and three bushels of apples. We spent the rest of the weekend canning apples and luckily Brian’s parents let us use their kitchen, ours is too small for this sort of operation. By Sunday night we were in an apple coma, I’ll probably be seeing apples in my sleep for the next week. And I’m pretty sure we can apple sauce the slowest way possible, peeling each apple by hand and then using an apple corer to cut them into slices.
We like chunky apple sauce so after boiling the apples until their nice and soft, I use a masher to break them up a little, adding some cinnamon.
We also like to skim a little juice from the boiling apples for some homemade apple juice. It’s sooo good!
Two full days of canning and we are stocked for the year! What’s your favorite thing to can?