|The Woodsman drives the tractor down to the field.|
|Apples waiting to be washed.|
|Washing apples - this gave them very, very cold hands. Later we got smart and used warm water to wash.|
|Soccer Boy cuts apples - he does a good job, but it still makes me nervous.|
|Cooking down over the Turkey Cooker burner.|
|Both kids and Matka cut apples.|
|Beautiful lady I love you!|
|Mixing the gingerbread.|
|Almost soft enough to churn through.|
|The magic Victorio machine.|
|Reading Girl cranks the sauce through.|
|Finished gingerbread and Farmer Dan|
|Warm applesauce and gingerbread - yum!|
Mom's Apple ButterAdapted from The Joy of Cooking
1/2 bushel of apples makes approximately 18 pints.
Oven at 275 Can 10 minutes
14 c. sauce
4 c. brown sugar
4 T cinnamon
2/3 t cloves
1 t allspice
2 t lemon juice
(All spices are ground - not whole.)
Mix all of this together and put into several large, heavy pans (We use Dutch ovens and roasters).
Bake the butter down until thick - about 6 - 8 hours. It depends on how thick the sauce is when you start. Stir about every hour.
The apple butter is done when you put it on a plate and no liquid separates out to the side.
You may need to adjust the spices as you go.
|Running the wood splitter|
|Looking very rugged and handsome....|
|Happy to have help for the day.|
|Soccer boy perfects his swing...|
|Reading girl got loaded up by Farmer Dan - what a strong girl!|
|Finished sauce: we add cinnamon to taste to our fall sauce.|