Canning day again!

Eddie and I spent an hour in the apple orchard yesterday after lunch picking apples from one tree.  They’re huge, sweet/tart, white fruit and beautiful.

We don't know what kind it is but they have a wonderful taste that is not too sweet but not too tart and they're crisp. Hey're bigger than my hand this year and we picked about two bushel.
We don’t know what kind it is but they have a wonderful taste that is not too sweet but not too tart and they’re crisp. They’re  bigger than my hand this year and we picked about two bushel.

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The tree is fairly young and still loaded with apples. Unfortunately one main branch broke off due to the weight.
The tree is fairly young and still loaded with apples. Unfortunately one main branch broke off due to the weight.

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We picked apples and chestnuts yesterday and the deer are really coming after the chestnuts.
We picked apples and chestnuts yesterday and the deer are really coming after the chestnuts.

Eddie and I peeled two buckets full this morning and I got 28 quarts of apples canned today.

One sack full and two five gallon buckets full.
One sack full and two five gallon buckets full.

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Peeled, washed and ready to pack in the jars.
Peeled, washed and ready to pack in the jars.
We'll bake them, use them for fried pies, make apple pies, and eat them straight out of the jar.
We’ll bake them, use them for fried pies, make apple pies, and eat them straight out of the jar.
I peel the apples and slice them. Then I wash them in ice water twice, pack in jars and them pour a light sugar water syrup up to the neck of the jar. I process them in a hot water bath for 20 minutes.
I peel the apples and slice them. Then I wash them in ice water twice, pack in jars and them pour a light sugar water syrup up to the neck of the jar. I process them in a hot water bath for 20 minutes.
All 28 quarts sealed. When they cool overnight, I'll take them to the cellar in the morning. Now I just have to figure out what to do with the rest of the bushel I have left.
All 28 quarts sealed. When they cool overnight, I’ll take them to the cellar in the morning. Now I just have to figure out what to do with the rest of the bushel I have left.
Aren't the chestnuts beautiful too!
Aren’t the chestnuts beautiful too!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

7 thoughts on “Canning day again!”

  1. mmmmm… I just love apple pie in the middle of winter! I also have a great cheesecake recipe that uses apples and walnuts for the topping – to die for! When I can apples for applesauce, apple butter or apple pie filling, I usually also make apple cider vinegar with the peels and cores! Have a great day and say “hello” to Cindy for me!

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    1. Would you share that apple cheesecake recipe with us? I usually let a couple gallons of the apple cider that hasn’t been cooked ferment to vinegar. There’s nothing better than homemade anything.
      Cindy sends her regards! We have begun sparing a little and I need to find her some miniature boxing gloves. Our latest game is to finger box and she’s hilarious. By the time we’re done she’s on her back getting her belly rubbed or wants her butt scratch at the base of the tail. Wish you could see her!

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  2. It is very gratifying and the chestnuts are so sweet this year. The groundhogs and deer are scarfing them up as fast as they fall from the trees. They don’t have a lot to eat this year because the frost killed most of the nut crop. Thankfully these don’t come out to bloom until late May and early June.

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    1. We had an abundance of chestnuts this year and then the rains came again and before we could gather more than 10 gallon the deer had scarfed them up. My orphan squirrel will have about three gallon of them for the winter. I sold five gallon and we enjoyed the rest. The only other nut crop we had was hickory nuts and black walnuts and Cindy will enjoy them as well. It’s amazing how much she eats. Roscoe, the orphan coon, gets his share of the chestnuts too. I try to feed them what they would get if in the wild but Roscoes favorite food is white icing cupcakes. He does have a sweet tooth. I have lots of frozen blackberries I’ll share with him throughout the winter. In the spring when the woods are sprouting green again we’ll release them to the wild. I can for human and orphans!!

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