I cannot believe I didn’t post about apple canning. See how sucky I am lately about keeping up?! Well, you may recall that two years ago I tried my hand at canning apples and I loved it. I didn’t do it last year, but made sure to this year. We haven’t gone apple picking yet so I had to pick my apples at the store. I used the Ball version of apples with dried cherries.
These will be great to tuck into pastry filling, serve with roast pork, gobble up plain, or maybe warm over ice cream. Liz and Eleanor enjoyed it so much they have gone nuts making and canning all kinds of wonderful things like tomatillo salsa and homemade taco sauce. I wish I could be so industrious, but frankly I’m not. However, I am prepared to do applesauce after we go apple picking and I would like to try my hand at orange marmalade this winter. I realized (belatedly, for this year) that I always thought of canning as something you would do when you had a bumper crop of produce. And since our garden disappointingly yielded not enough of anything I didn’t even consider it. Which is silly. Because really I should have bought the local blueberries bulk when they were in season and made jam and canned it. Ditto peaches. Ditto strawberries. So, lesson learned. Next year I will vow to preserve more. And for this year I will happily enjoy the apples I have saved.