We took a family trip to Gilcrease Orchard yesterday to pick pumpkins and apples.
It was a gorgeous day outside! And Addison had a blast running all over the farm. She found all kinds of treasures…
I didn’t really PLAN to pick apples, but once I saw them all hanging from the trees, I couldn’t resist. They just don’t get any fresher than that! I found this recipe on a blog I really like called Food in Jars. Here is is for your apple canning pleasure
about 4 lbs apples
1/2 cup apple cider
2 pieces star anise
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
sugar to taste
Quarter apples. Do not peel. Place in a large pot. Add cider. Bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for about 20 min. Skins will peel off easily and can be lifted out with tongs…or just peel and core them like you’re making apple pie. **I tried this method and found it to be more time consuming than just taking the time to peel them in the first place…just FYI…
Mash apples with a potato masher until desired consistency is reached. Add spices and stir well.
Fill hot, sterile jars. Process 15 minutes for pints, 20 minutes for quarts.