|OMG! It's the Apple Lady!|
|Crap. She only has a camera.|
The goats are sort of so-so about apples and I really have to smoosh them up good before they will deign to try them. I am always amazed that their mouths are so small - especially with all the NOISE that comes out of them...
I managed to get a lot done over the weekend, though - as always - not as much as I had hoped. I was battling a head cold since early last week, and Saturday it sort of got the better of me. So I did a few things outside, with lots of tea-drinking and knitting in between. I also managed to can 8 pints and 4 quarts of homemade beef chili. I had to make it fairly mild, as some of it goes to my parents, but I can doctor it up when I fix my own. Applesauce and apple mincemeat were also on the to-do list, and the applesauce got done, but the apple mincemeat didn't hit the top of the stove until early this morning. I'm thinking of lacing half of the kettle-ful with something alcoholic (what IS it with me and the boozy stuff this fall? Is it - like stripes on a caterpillar - a sign of a hard winter?) There is something wonderful about making a mess o' mincemeat tarts in the middle of winter. Mmmmmm!
During my latest processing frenzy, I became aware that I was running very low on pint jars. Why? Because I have stockpiled way too many canned goods and I am not using them as quickly and as often as I should. This caused a stockpile inventory which showed a huge amount of pickles. From as long as 7 years ago. Not only am I not a big pickle eater, I am a picky pickle eater. I love my neighbor's pickles and I love Sylvia's mother's recipe. So I have about 10 pints of pickles that I have no intention of ever eating. Time for a purge! I also discovered 10 pints of forgotten canned sweet corn. Time to go into action. And, thanks to a timely post by Mama Pea (my hero) via Jane's wonderful cookbook, I made some corn fritters (GF) that were wonderful. I teamed them with homemade applesauce (2012) and homemade Greek-style yogurt. It made me realize that I need to use up what I have - so I am going to make at least two meals a week with what's on my canning shelves. Let's see how creative I get!