Monday, November 10, 2008

Magical Apple Pie Filling. . .

We made Brin's Magical Apple Pie Filling earlier today. It says it's good for a beginner. I beg to differ. Maybe she meant "Good for a beginner with no children". It also doesn't help that I'm a canning virgin. Well. Not really. I watched Herbalina can some yesterday. Here are some shots of our afternoon. I plan to do another batch tomorrow.

SuperGirl, helping me stir.

Peelings from the first 20 apples. . .

Kitchen table, plus a Toys'R'Us gift mag, confiscated from the mail by the wee people.

Apple yumminess. That's a word, right?

How not to make the sauce. This is my second batch. The first batch, I heated while I finished cutting the apples. By the time I got back to the pot, it was already sticking to the bottom and no fun to stir. So this batch above, I poured everything into the hot water, corn starch included. Yeah. I forgot it helps to stir the cornstarch into some warm water to dissolve it before I cook with it. These were popcorn-size pieces that refused to dissolve.

They look so good before they go into the canning pot. The third batch of sauce worked like a charm.

After I removed them from their 20minute water bath, 4 of the 5 oozed their innards out. Not a delightful sight. Not on my first ever batch. Anywho, at Herbalina's recommendation, I put the ones that didn't seal back in for another round. That ended up being 4 of the 6. After I pulled those out, I had to give the last 2 a third bath. After they were all squeaky clean, only one didn't seal. Good golly, was that a LOT of work for 6 quarts. Let's say a prayer that the last 6 go much more smoothly. . .

More pictures to come. . .

5 comments:

Rosa said...

Man am I ever glad my mom knew what she was doing when we made our pie filling!!
It also helped a lot that she peeled all the apples and I made the sauce, which required constant stirring.
I'm thinking you may have filled your jars a little too full?
My mom said not too fill much higher than the where the neck began.
Good luck on the next batch. They sure taste great!

Rachel said...

Yep, canning is a beeyotch. So next year, you invite me when you're ready and I'll do the same, k? I'm going to put up blackberry jelly. YUM!

randi---i have to say said...

A friend and I have made apple pie filling together and for some reason, hers oozed out of the jars too. we just refrigerated them, but it is nice to know that you can re-boil them to acheive a seal. Keep up with the canning practice, and your next batch should be quicker and easier!

Tamara Jansen said...

Oh wow, that looks like a ton of work! I'll just have to go over to my sister's for pie, I think (that would be Rosa over at the rose-gardendiaryblospot.com)

antigoni said...

It looks delicious.