Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pantry Building...

So far, I've got 19 pint jars and 5 quart jars of applesauce. I made cranberry applesauce (just throw in a good handful of frozen cranberries while cooking the apples), spiced applesauce (with pumpkin pie spice added...don't ask me why I don't add apple pie spice...pumpkin is just better....trust me on this one), and plain applesauce. For the last two big batches I've made, I've left the skins on and blended them right up with the apples...it adds both flavor and nutrition to the sauce, and makes cooking it immensely easier without all that apple peeling.

Here's a close up shot that shows the little pieces of peel and the lovely colors. Food in jars is just so beautiful, isn't it...or maybe that's just me...


Here's a group shot...smile everyone!


And...I need to confess to you all that I am slightly addicted to roasted pumpkin seeds. It's really becoming a problem as pumpkins are not as readily available around these parts after Halloween. I was extremely excited to find out that roasted acorn squash seeds are just as good (okay...maybe even slightly better) after becoming desperate...er...I mean....researching alternatives to pumpkin seeds! So, here's my coveted jar of pumpkin & acorn squash seeds, roasted, with a touch of salt and pepper for flavor!


I've got one more 8 lb. bag of apples to can...what's YOUR favorite way to preserve apples? Apple butter? Apple pie filling? Hmmmmmmmmmmm.....I'm off to dig out that yummy apple butter recipe...it's around here somewhere!

3 comments:

Amy McPherson Sirk said...

Oh that looks yummy! I love the look of food in jars, all lined up like little soldiers there on a pantry shelf. Won't it be lovely to crack open a jar of lovely homemade applesauce on a cold, yucky day? This year peaches were plentiful but apples were scarce so we have a shelf of various peach permutations in the pantry. No pumpkins here, either. We planted two Asian pear trees so I can't wait to see what we can make when they start to produce.

Daphne said...

Those look lovely. I reordered my pantry the other day so all the home canned things were on the same shelf. I can look at them all at once that way.

Applesauce is by far my favorite, but I have apple butter and pie filling too.

The Magic Onions said...

Wow... you have been busy!! You'll need a rest now... perhaps you can put your feet up and crochet some lovely lavender yarn with a gorgeously hand crafted crochet needle...

Pop on over to my blog for a nice surprise...

Blessings and magic.

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