|Oh, it's about to get real. Real messy, that is.|
We are doing more than picking apples, we are processing them. I am up to my ears in apples. I processed eight pounds today, I have another twelve waiting for tomorrow, and the quart jars of apple butter are adding up. My plan is to make at least two dozen quarts of apple butter and about half as much apple pie filling. The rest is going to be made in canned juice, clear jelly and then some dried apples. I have so many apples right now and more and more are coming. Every time the kids go out to pick them, they come back with two or so paper grocery sacks stuffed full.
I am waiting with bated breath for the mehu-maija to come. It is a Finnish made steam juicer. This is a magical device that will take washed and quartered apples turn into fabulous thick apple "nectar" perfect for jellies and and juice and hubby's fermented alcoholic cider. I was chided a bit for not having the world's coolest device and I totally deserve it. I have had jellies made from it. No jelly bags, just easier awesomeness and better living through modern kitchens. By modern, I mean like things invented before people make things stupid hard. This is old school awesomeness. Just so you know, the brand we are waiting for is the very one below.
How do I know that it works if I have never used one? It is because the amazing monks at our monastery use them to make their equally amazing jellies and jams. Crystal clear, perfect jellies. Oh, yeah.
Well. Not having one yet made today harder and now I am too tired to talk about math curriculum. So, come back tomorrow and I will tell you what we use and how we use it. See you then!