Oh, Those Apples!
by Gramma Sandra Schneider
Acres of Apples
Learn to Preserve Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables
So you are ready to bake an apple pie or even better, make some canned apple pie fillings for the cold winter months ahead. You peel and peel and slice all the apples and then you do the "right thing" and put the peels and cores in the compost pile.
Well, wait a minute, for a truly healthy treat for the kids, you have skipped a step. As you peel, put the peels and the cores into a large pot. Add enough water to cover them, and bring to a boil. Let them boil a few minutes until the cores and peels are soft and mushy. Then put it in a jelly bag and let it hang over another pot until all the juice is released, it could take a couple of hours. Then gently squeeze until you have all the juice and a little bit of the pulp. OK, now you can put the leftovers in the compost pile.
Does apple juice that is healthy as well as tasty have to be brown colored and clear? No, at least I don't think so and neither do any of my 16 grand children. They love to come to "the farm" for all the goodies they get here. Don't you dare tell them it is good for them.
You can do the same thing when peeling peaches for canning. You can then boil the skins without the pits (I think there is a lot of curatives in them) in a pot and strain the same as the apples. You can then jar them up, or keep in the refrigerator for a few days.
We can a lot of juice concentrates also with elderberries and wild grapes. Once this concentrate is made, you can make juice for drinking or make wonderful jam or jelly with it.
These are just some of the things we do here on "the farm" to save money and have lots of goodies for the little ones when they come to visit.
Hmmm, did I mention the dried apples with a little cinnamon on them?
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