Can’t remember the last time I went to bed before 8 p.m. but tonight may just be the night! Yesterday I got 19 quarts and 1 pint of tomatoes canned. That was the total of the tomatoes we got yesterday and the last of the tomatoes for the year. Then I made two more batches of Caramel Apple Jam.
This morning, as soon as breakfast was finished and the kitchen clean, I started making Apple Pie Filling to can. I did not like making that! Not sure what it was about it that I didn’t like, but I was happy to get it finished. Maybe it was because it took so many apples to pack all those jars. I made 14 quarts. I figured if I had 12 quarts, we could have an apple pie once a month. Now . . dang it . . we’ll have to have two pies a couple of months! 🙂
Anyway, I think/hope my canning is done for a while. Here’s a section of my shelving where I keep my canned things:
It’s kind of a narrow spot and not easy to get a decent picture. First shelf is tomatoes. Second shelf is Caramel Apple Jam, Apple Pie Filling, more Caramel Apple Jam, Apple Butter and the Crabapple Jelly I made a while back. Third shelf is a mixture — dog food (I buy the big bags and put it in the jars if I don’t have a 3.5 or 5 gallon bucket empty), sugar, and wheat.
I thought one of the jars of pie filling hadn’t sealed and I was going to make us an apple pie and then when I looked at it again, darned thing had sealed. Then I said to myself . . good, because I’m too tired to make a pie. Then I said to myself . . but I really want an apple pie. Back and forth like that for a while.
When I started making the pie filling to be canned, the recipe called for lemon juice. I use ascorbic acid so I figured that would do the same thing as the lemon juice but just when it got time to put everything in the jars, I got kinda scared and had Vince run to the store for some lemons. I’d never canned apple pie filling before and figured I’d better follow the directions exactly .
So .. back to that apple pie. When I make fruit pies, I always put a little bit of minute tapioca in the bottom of the pie shell before pouring in the fruit. I didn’t have any so making a pie would have meant another trip to the grocery store. Finally, I couldn’t stand it any longer and I went to the store and wouldn’t you know it . . minute tapioca is on sale this week and they were smack dab out of it! OK . . do I go to Wal-Mart or do I go home and forget about the pie? I had driven Vince’s pickup because it was behind my car so I decided to forget about it and go home. On my way home, I happened to remember that Vince had bought about 4 boxes of tapioca on sale at Target when we were there one day and I’d stuck most of them in the freezer. Yep, we had tapioca after all so I made my pie.
Isn’t that a long story just for an apple pie? Sorry . . but it’s a very good pie. Wish you had some! 🙂
The remainder of my day was spent cooking for next week.
There’s what I did! Gumbo, apple pie, sweet & sour meat loaf, 16 stuffed peppers. Chad doesn’t eat the stuffed peppers but he like the stuffing so in the orange bowl is some of the meat/rice mixture I can heat up for him. Sometimes he doesn’t like other stuff we’re having so I made two little meat loaves to put in the freezer that I can thaw and cook for him when needed. What a good mom I am .. even if I did “steal” his shirt!
All the cooking for this week didn’t get done but I got a good start on the week.