Saturday, September 01, 2007

Preserving the Apple

It is finished!
(until we get another few buckets more from a friend)
My daughter-in-love and stepmom helped me in the making
of apple sauce and apple juice this week.
We counted 37 quarts of golden apple sauce and apple butter combined
and 26 quarts of beautiful crimson crab apple juice
which we will use to make jellies later.

My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree

Toward heaven still.

And there's a barrel that I didn't fill

Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn't pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.

~Robert Frost from "After Apple Picking"


  1. Oh Lady! It is beautiful! The cab apple is so bright. Well done take right hand reach across chest to left shoulder and pat yourself on the back:)

  2. Jody, you have been VERY busy! What a feeling of satisfaction you must have from looking at your beautiful bounty! And what a blessing to share this with the women in your family!

    I think I can smell apples just from looking at your pictures! :)

  3. Wow, what a busy girl you are. That crabapple jelly is beautiful xoxox Clarice

  4. Oh Jody the jars of crab apple juice look beautiful! I picked a few crab apples yesterday but they're the little green ones we get around here so I doubt my jars will be so beautiful.

  5. Oooooooo, I can almost TASTE the applesauce from here. Crab apple jelly? I've never even heard of that. I bet it's fantabulous! My, my what work ya'll have done! Phfew. Now...go get some tea and take a break, girl. You deserve it. :-)

  6. The crabapple juice is so pretty. You have been very busy, haven't you.

  7. You are prepared for a long, long winter.
    I would love to hear more about apple sauce, that's something we don't have in Norway.

  8. Jody, you've just been tagged for a middle name meme. Visit my blog to see what the fuss is.


  9. Beautiful, Jody. Brings back wonderful memories of my canning days in South Dakota when the girls were young. I felt like such a good mother!!

  10. Oh Jody,
    You have been so busy! Isn't it wonderful to admire your hard work?
    It is always worth it in the winter when your family can enjoy what you have preserved!
    Loved your recent photography! You have an eye for detail!

  11. What a beautiful site to see. You are indeed a wealthy woman Jody.

  12. terrific! isn't it just a nice feeling to know you made all those lovely jars of delicious food items? wow. pat yourself on the back. it all looks great!

  13. Thanks for your kind comments everybody! I really do like to can and going to the pantry in the depths of winter is exciting and delicious. Who can resist strawberry jam or apple sauce when there's no sign of a fresh one in sight?


  14. And I thought I was busy?! How great it must be to see the results of all your hard work, and how much it will be appreciated throughout the winter.



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