1. DO NOT attempt to do this alone. Preparing the apples takes time. Especially when one uses completely organic trees from one's overgrown and aged backyard apple trees. The more abnormally shaped your apples are, the longer it will take to prepare them. If you aren't quick enough, your apples will turn to brown mush before you are able to get them into the jars. Citric acid and cold water can only do so much.
Also, when I say don't do it alone, I don't mean that a 5 year old should help you. You're better off to do it alone. Like I did on Monday. Because giving advice is a whole lot easier than practicing what I preach.
2. Apples don't have to be pretty to preserve them. Ours are everything but pretty. The kids won't eat them straight off the tree, and honestly, I don't blame them. However, the ugliest of apples sometimes turn out to be the very best ones.
And when I say flying, I mean flying directly at you.
4. DO NOT can apples on a day soon after you scrubbed your kitchen floor or wiped down your cabinets or washed your kitchen walls. You'll have to do it all over again.
I told you that corer/peeler/slicer sent the juice flying! Oh, and the peels make an awful mess, too.
|Bucket on the floor between my feet for the peels to fall into. Or in it's general vicinity. |
Note: Cheerios have nothing to do with canning apples, but everything to do with the "Do not scrub your floor" directive.
|When your bucket runneth over...|
5. Make sure your children know that you spent countless hours canning these apples. The looks on their faces when they see those jars lined up will make the entire effort worth it. Dreams of apple cinnamon pancakes will be dancing in their heads, and they may actually be especially kind to you for the rest of the day.
|Probably should have shown you their excited faces. Oh well. I didn't have my camera ready.|
Linking up with Josie today, who's prompt was "before or after".
Have a lovely day!