40lbs of Apples

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.


Cooking…


Finished product


We already tore into a jar of apple butter that I did not process for storage. 

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.

5 thoughts on “40lbs of Apples

  1. I seriously cannot wrap my head around how you are doing all of this canning and homeschooling and caring for a tiny one! Canning is something I have always wanted to do, but have never attempted bc my mom always complained about how hard it was….

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    • I don’t think it’s hard. There’s a process and it’s time consuming but so worth the end result that is a huge time saver. I think I’m a way homeschooling allows me to do more because I’m not running around so much, especially living in the country. If I did school drop off and pick up that would be an hour and 20 minutes a day driving…and we are normally done with our school day before noon. It probably sounds like more than it is…

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