October 13, 2011
Posted in What's Cookin'
When we went about canning apples last week, I wanted to find something to do with the peels. I couldn't stand the thought of throwing all that good stuff away that came curling off the peeler-corer. My initial thought was to dredge and fry the peeling strings, but we decided to put them in a pot with the cores, add some water, and simmer for a good while to get the goodness out of them.
What I wound up with was about 10 cups of pink colored apple "extract", which I decided to turn into apple jelly yesterday.
I strained the juice through a tea towel to get the settlement out of it, and turned 8 cups of the liquid into 5 jelly jars, 4 pints, and a wee one into the prettiest (and quit tasty) batch of jelly. It's definitely apple when you taste it, but it's not too over powering. I do wish I had lowered the sugar, since I'm finding I don't like my jelly too sweet, but I was afraid it wouldn't set and didn't have any low sugar pectin. So happy with the way it turned out though!
And today I needed to make bread to go with the jelly, of course (well, and we were out). 2 loaves.
And I figured since I had the mixer out and was making bread anyways, I might as well make up a batch of the Cinnamon Swirl Bread I saw over at Life At Cobble Hill Farm (thanks Staci! It's wonderful). 3 loaves.
And a batch of Oatmeal Cookies. You know, since the mixer was still out. 4 dozen.
If you give a mouse a cookie, and all. ;)