Sunday I got 40 lbs of freshly picked Colorado gala apples from this guy in town that apparently cleaned house at a u pick it farm. I paid $50 which comes to $1.20 a pound which is a significantly less than the grocery store and of course much fresher. I’m not sure if the gala price but this week honey crisps were $2.88 a pound. The haul looked good with little spoilage and the apples are almost candy sweet.
Today I made and canned apple butter and apple jelly. I got 6 half pints of the butter and 3 half pints and a 4 oz jelly jar of the jelly…and I only used less than 5lbs of apples for that yield!
The apple went to the butter and the peels and cores to the jelly.
I LOVE the beautiful color of the jelly! I did not add food coloring, the peels made this color.
I still have 35lbs of apples or a bit less due to the fresh apple eating shrinkage. I plan to can another batch of apple butter and also 7 quarts of pie filling and 14 quarts sliced apples…if I did my math right. That should also yield about 15-20 half pints or 30+ jelly jars of apple jelly too. I’ll give away about half as gifts.
My potato processing is on hold until the apples are done since they have a longer shelf life.