Oh Johnny Appleseed!

I bought a box of apples and got ambitious.  I’ve never canned anything all by myself, but I decided that today would be the day to do it… without mom by my side to really do all the work while I played lazy assistant. 

I actually picked up some canning rings and lids on clearance on Wednesday and ironically got an email on Thursday about boxes of apples being offered at the Bosch store.  Collected some canning jars on Freecycle and now I’m in business.

Great news- I opened and used my Pampered Chef apple corer/peeler/ slicer (another wedding present still in the box until now!) and kind of got it to do what it’s supposed to do.

So all that hard work and I burned some of my first batch while talking to mom on the phone!  What luck huh?  So the apples I did salvage made a whopping 2 jars.  That’s a lot of work, but try #1 always takes the longest.  Batch 2 was a cinch to peel, but took so long to boil that I missed a Christmas party (sorry Patty) and resulted in 3 jars!! Note to self- 20 lbs of apples fills 5 medium jars. 

All in all I’m feeling all domestic diva-ish and so excited that I canned something.  Well, I’m still waiting for the lids to pop to let me know the whole process worked!  I’ve got to take a break from canning though before I get all worn out.  Lots of work, little to show for it (in quantity produced… the big sticky mess on the floor and my shoes doesn’t count).  I sure hope Mikey eats this stuff.  And Pampered Chef fans, how do I prevent major juice leakage from running down my cupboards (see picture)?