Apple picking….& applesauce!

Our yearly apple picking trip, to a beautiful orchard just a short drive away…to mad tom orchard in east dorset.
Beautiful…

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Some autumn cuteness…

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Our town, and yard…in fall…

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And the making and canning of applesauce! Thank goodness for 18 quart crockpots! We use it so often, for soups, stocks, tomatoes, and apples….
I use the handy dandy old fashioned turny peeler…with a little help from the littles, put in the crockpot with a cup or so of cider or water, and let it cook all day, adding more apples as they cook down a bit. I add a few sticks of cinnamon. I usually make a few batches, one plain (no sugar or spices), one nicely spiced with cinnamin, some nutmeg, and allspice, with a couple of cups sugar, and one with some sugar, and some strawberries and blueberries from the summers freezing of extras.
I water bath can these, in sterilized jars, for 15 minutes, to enjoy all winter!

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Next up, getting the root cellar ready!

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Drying all the beans we just picked….

And mastering the Greek yogurt making

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Getting the garlic planted
(Done, thank goodness..)

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And getting ready for the long vermont winter!
Busy days!

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