The guys headed out today for a special birthday hike with our new 8 year old… It really does seem just a short while ago that I was holding this little boy in my arms. He always wants to go on a hike on his birthday. It is a perfect time — the woods are clear of snakes and poison ivy. They headed out with their weapons and set out for the hike.
While they were out, I decided I would start canning applesauce. I’m not sure what got a hold of my good reason and common sense. The majority of the children left at the house were under 6 years old.
After over 2 hours of canning… I now have 4 whole jars of applesauce sitting on my counter. That’s alright, you can laugh. I called it a day and retired the canning until tomorrow.
The boys walked in just about that time and said they didn’t see anything but a small wren and a red headed woodpecker. We aren’t doing too well— 4 jars of apple sauce and birds wouldn’t go far if we were depending on our “skills” to help us survive.
I have apple butter cooking down in the crock-pot tonight that I hope to get canned tomorrow in the smaller jelly jars. Then I might make more applesauce and can a decent amount of jars.
I found a canning tutorial with detailed pictures on the Southern Plate website very helpful.