Did you know you had to make applesauce before you can make apple butter? I didn't,til the other day. I really wanted to make apple pie filling and apple butter. The apples are Jonathan apples. They were given to me and I was determined to use them.
I don't like frozen apples. To me they have a funny taste.Anyways, I cooked the apples yesterday and made applesauce. Today I made the apple butter. It was late and I needed sugar for the apples..I was tired and didn't want to go to the store. I started looking to see if I had some stored in one of many containers....Nope, but I did have brown sugar.
So that's what I used, and its good.Very tart but good. The recipe called for cloves, I'm not too crazy about cloves so I only used about half of what it called for.It also called for cinnamon to taste.
Hummmm, I love cinnamon.I used a lot of cinnamon. I then cooked it down and canned it.
I like it, Luci likes it, and hubby likes it too!!!! Poor Jon don't know what he's missing.
I made 7 pints out of 1/2 bag of apples. Now I wish I had something else to can. I did put up another quart of pickles, the ones I put up recently are going fast.We have eaten 2 quarts ,and started on the gallon jug.So it was time to start again.
I have also put another dozen eggs in the incubator. I have 12 chickens out of the 19 I started with. I was leaving them out at night, I went out one morning and something had killed 7 of them. I borrowed a live trap, and started baiting it. So far I have trapped 2 possums.. That's opossums to some. Here they are possums. Young possums. Small enough to go through a chain link fence. Now I'm not opposed to putting a pest like this out of my misery. But 2 kids that live here are against that. They think they're cute......You ever see a possum? They are NOT cute. Anyways, I happen to know the ranger at our local state park. So I called him to see about releasing wild animals in a state park. I get the usual questions : is it a baby? yes it is. Is it weaned? uhhhh, Yeah its teething on my chickens. Anyway I've caught 2 possums so far and my chickens are coming in at night. The kids are enjoying the trips to the park too. The little possums are glad to see the end of us too.I never saw a possum run that fast.LOL
Jon bless his heart, wanted to know how many I was gonna catch....uhhh, Jon, I don't know how many are out there.
Anyway,nothing else happening here. I'll try to get some pictures on here in a few days. It's bread making time again. So I will be doing that and maybe pick some more apples. I missed the peaches and the corn. But we don't really like canned peaches or corn. I have put up soup, and odds and ends. So the grocery bill is a little lower.With gas prices what they are, every little bit helps.
Take care everyone, stay out of the heat. God bless.