Saturday, July 07, 2007


Twenty-nine jars of stewed apples (apple sauce), from the buckets pictured below, which should just about keep us going until the next harvest. I kept aside about another 15 large apples for eating. I'll be sorry when they're all gone as they have been so delicious.
...... and, touch wood, ALL of the jars appear to have sealed!
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Val said...

Although I can't imagine myself doing this, I DO admire people who bottle their own vegies and fruits. Tomato sauce too?

Barbara said...

Maybe a silly question...but how did you make this apple sauce and when do you serve it? I make a purée (pulp), cooking the apples with a little sugar and cinnamon and then I freeze it (if we are not eating it at once!). Another method is to sterilize the fruits. Did you do it this way?
Have a nice weekend!

Alice said...

Barbara - it's not a silly question. I peeled and thinly sliced a large saucepan full, added about 1/2 cup of water. There was no need for sugar as they are sweet enough. I brought them to the boil, simmered for about 10 minutes, stirring a few times. When soft but still largely retaining their shape, I spoon them into heated glass jars, filling them right to the top. Metal lids with rubber seals are put on immediately. No need to screw the lids on tightly because as the fruit cools it forms a vacuum and the lids seal themselves onto the jars.

We eat them mostly for dessert with ice-cream or cream, but also with cereal and yoghurt.

I could have frozen them but don't have enough room. Well, I would have if I used some of the fruit that I already have frozen

susan said...

These look delicious! You will really enjoy them this winter. I think I would have to make at least one pie! So you 'touch wood' there too? We call it 'knock on wood'. Have a great weekend.

Barbara said...

Thanks a lot for your recipe! Exactly this way I bottle my tomato sauce for winter!

meggie said...

It is a dying art. Dont they look nice though, all those jars, for days when you need something nice.

Kerri said...

Canning (bottling) is still alive and well here in the countryside of the US of A. And in Oz too, apparently.
That's a-lotta apple sauce Alice! You've been such a good, hard-working girl. You and Richard will have a lovely time enjoying those apples for a long time to come. And he'll think, "What a wonderful wife I have!" as he spoons up that lovely apple sauce, covered in cream or poured over ice cream LOL.
Now I'm hungry for some! How well do you think a couple of jars would lob across the ocean?
We're still waiting for the apples...but I know they're coming..... :)
P.S. I've got mail!!! :)
It's the wrong shape for apples ;)

Alice said...

Kerri - well, it's amazing what people do find in bottles washed in from the ocean. I've never heard of apple sauce being in one, but there could always be a first time!

Re your mail: - Oh dear, they must have gotten squashed in the mail.


Meow said...

Yummy ...

Marlene Depler said...

YUM! I love homemade applesauce or stewed apples as you call it. I'm glad they all sealed. Isn't it satisfying to see you hard work all lined up in rows. You will enjoy the "fruits of your labor" for months to come.

I recently picked some cherries from my neighbor's cherry tree. I made some pies and froze some. The pies were fabulous.