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Jammin’

It’s that time of year again. No, I am not using this as an opportunity to complain about allergies. It’s the beginning of jamming season!!! I messed up last year and missed the window to gather supplies. Not so this time, I was on it. I had set my sights on a beauty of a canning stockpot at Canadian Tire. It actually turned out to be far too big for me and I had to get a smaller one.

That being said, my first preserves project of the year was done using the slow-cooker. Apple butter. Because, you know, apples, spring etc.. Right? I wanted to start the season off right with something easy. The slow-cooker did all the work, it had to go over night (the recipe calls for a 12hour cook-time). The recipe called for filling the slow-cooker with sliced apples, add some cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg and top it all off with apple juice or apple cider. Or if you are me, apple cider.. vinegar. Thankfully I put only a little bit, as I found it an odd addition. Only later did I go back to the recipe once the house started smelling of vinegar and I realized my mistake. Oops. Thankfully I managed to rescue it. I added some brown sugar as a precaution.

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If I hadn’t told you, you would never have known. You cannot discern the taste. Now to make some fresh bread to go with my apple butter.

 
 

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Apple Cider

Somehow I got the idea in my head to make apple cider    , and so I found myself in the kitchen on a Friday night with a giant pot of boiling apples.

Project 47- apple cider (1)

From the get-go things were going not as planned. I had not read the directions and wasted time coring an apple. Then it took forever to get the water boiling, as there is only 1 burner (a small one) on my stove that does not smell (no matter how much I clean it). I did not have any cheesecloth to wrap the spices, so I just threw them in with the water (there were other recipes like that).

Project 47- apple cider (3)

After a few hours the house smelled amazing, cinnamony and warm and just delightful. (This was eventually overtaken by the smell of the chicken I had going in the slow-cooker).

Project 47- apple cider (5)

After mashing the apples through a sieve (I lack an apple press and will not be buying one any time soon) I finally had apple cider! A whole 2 and a half cups of cider.. from 5 apples. After 3 hours of work.

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Needless to say, I will be buying my apple cider from the store from now on. At least until I get an apple press and my stovetop stops smelling so bad.

Project 47- apple cider (8)

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in I Will One Day Attempt To Make This

 

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