My freezer is full of tomatoes. And blueberries and string beans. And some actual food for eating.
My guy’s freezers are full of grapes. I estimate around 50 pounds of them. They got ripe so quickly, and all at once, I felt lucky to be able to get them sorted and cleaned, bagged up and frozen. When I get a minute to breathe, I’ll start juicing them.
And now the apples are ripe. There is no more freezer space. So I’m trying to process them as I go, since I can’t freeze them and worry about it later, and since they hold up in cool weather a little bit without rotting.
I made a run of applesauce. Mom loves it with ham and pork chops, and it’s handy to have around for recipes like carrot cake.
I made 2 batches of apple butter… Mmmm.
I’ve made a ton of dried apples. I like them, because they are easy, and once finished take up very little space. And Mom loves to munch on them. I just wish our dehydrator held more – or that it didn’t take so long to dry them. But that’s kind of the whole point of drying something.
I’ve got 2 more tubs of apples in the living room – this afternoon I hope to start juicing them. Eventually I’ll use the juice for jelly, or Mom will drink it – she loves an apple/grape juice blend. And I’ll actually use the leftover juiced apple pulp, and turn it into more apple butter.
Last year I wasn’t able to can everything I wanted to, because there was a shortage of canning lids. Thanks to a surprise find by a good friend, my lid problems have been solved. But now, I’m discovering I don’t have enough of the 1/2 pint jelly jars. So it’s time to start stalking the canning aisles at all the stores I go to, again. Fortunately, the jars are a little bit easier to find than the lids.
The fun never ends!