By this time it was about 11:30pm and we'd sent Jake to bed. Craig knew this would eat at me and bother the heck out of me so he went to Walmart to get more jars. I worked like a mad woman peeling apples and getting the sauce ready. I thought to myself, "you little apples will not beat me!" I wanted to have them all peeled and ready by the time Craig got home. He hit a line of 10 people at Walmart (surprise, surprise) so I actually was all ready when he got home :) 12:15am rolls around and in walks Craig with jars, orange Fanta, and mallow pumpkins. My savior!
We got the 2nd round of jars packed with apples, the syrup poured over and the lids and rings on. I very cautiously lowered them into the hot but NOT boiling water and prayed, "Dear Jesus please don't let these jars break!" And voila, no cracking! Phew. The burner temp was at a 5 (med) so I cranked it up to 8 to get it boiling. Took about 20 minutes and maybe I could have put it on high but I was so nervous of cracking the jars I didn't want to take any chances. At this moment they are finishing their 20 minute hot water bath. After that I will take them out and let them cool for 12 hours. Hopefully every single lid will be sealed correctly. If not, I'll be making apple pie tomorrow!
So, here's my recipe, a modified version of the too boring Allrecipes.com one:
(Makes 7 Quart jars)
Done! Pretty simple right? I did taste the filling and it's very good. My apples are a tad on the sweet side, but this recipe would be great with a more tart apple.
Ok, now my jars are on the counter and cooling. Zero broke this time so I have 9 quart jars of apple pie filling! YAY! I plan to make blackberry jam very soon and also apple sauce. I think and hope that the more I can the more confident I'll feel doing it.
Time for pics! This is where the apples begin:
We have a few trees like this on the property, but this one is closest and therefore our favorite :)
How sweet is this pic? Father daughter cuddling under the apple tree in matching Carhartt overalls :)
The boys working on the apples.
Sugar syrup on the left, canning pot on the right.
Proof I was in fact there.
They are so beautiful! All packed and ready for the canner. Also, another lesson learned- don't transport them in the rack. Put the rack in the pot and bring the jars to the rack :)
Gorgeous apple pie filling!
Bringing the water to a boil.
The lone 2 jars that survived my first attempt at canning. Thankfully there are now 9 jars on the counter :)