Thursday, September 25, 2008

thank the tree

My good friend and neighbor Happy Acres Judy, has been sharing her harvest with me. A week ago, it was some nice cherry hot peppers...this week it was apples! Thanks Judy!


"Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the beeeeeesss...pleeeease!"

Remember the blossoms in May? Here is the fruit...crisp, sweet, juicy. Thank the tree...and thank the bee.

My virtual good friend Judy Smatterings has been working on apples this week also...she has a good recipe for freezing them, and mentioned her "gizmo". We all have our "gizmo's" of choice...mine is an old one that still works just fine..


When my husband was a young teen...he cleaned out a chicken coop with his friend. When the job was finished, the owner of the coop directed the boys to select something they wanted out of an old shed. My husband took the gizmo. His friend took an old fashioned crank ice-cream maker.


I made pie filling with some of my apples. The recipe calls for 6lbs. I have more apples than I will try Judy Smatterings recipe and freeze the rest..tomorrow. I plan to try an apple pan dowdy too....yes, this just might be the year of the apple pan dowdy!

Pint jars were handy, so I filled those. Six pounds made 5 pints. They cook down. Seems like a lot of work...but the tarts I will make this winter will be easy. Pop off the lid and away you go!


6lbs of fresh apples, peeled with a gizmo, and sliced. (You can dip them in ascorbic acid if you want them to stay nice and white)

2 cups of sugar stirred into the apples...and let sit so the juice can start to run...about 30 minutes. This is exactly the amount of time it will take to get your jars and lids ready.

Stir in about 2tbsp of flour and some cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg and the juice of half a lemon.

Cook over medium heat until it starts to bubble and the juice thickens. Pack into jars, fill to 1/2 inch head space and process in a hot water bath for about 25 minutes. If you need more syrup, you can make some ahead of time...just use about 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water..more or less depending on if you want it thicker or thinner.

Oh, and don't forget to wipe down the counters and mop the floor when you are all finished...that gizmo sprays apple sticky-ness all over the place.


Manise said...

Love your spotty apples :-) and the gizmo with the accompanying story too. That's quite the antique.

Judy said...

Love the gizmo. I have a plastic version but it doesn't work very well. Nothing is made like it use to be.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I have used one of these gizmos before. The apple tree has been generous. All that filling is making me hungry.

vanessa said...


The Gingerbread House said...

Boy! a neighbor with Apples , how content I would be...they have a version of your gizmo at Harvest Essentials , so it still has a purpose in these newer years.Ginny

judy said...

Beautiful old gizmo. I've filled 28 gallon bags so far. That's 28 pies. I'm still going. At this point, I'm wishing for a press. This morning I wash the floor. Either I wash it or risk sticking to it like fly paper and forever stay in the kitchen.

elizabeth said...

You're making me hungry!

Sharon said...

yummy apples!!
i will definitely be putting some apples away too, when autumn comes around this side!! Harvest time is great!

Leslie said...

I really like the canned apple filling recipe. I froze some last year but freezer space is dear and there's always the risk of losing power.

Your blog is delightful.

Cindy said...

Thanks for including your canning recipe. I have a bounty of apples this year and have been looking for different ways to 'put the up' besides applesauce. I will definately give this recipe a try.

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