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Oh, dear. What to can this year?

September 17, 2009

Usually, I can and freeze food all throughout the summer. But this summer, I decided to wait until August and September to do the canning. After returning some to my sister, I had fewer jars this year, so I thought it wouldn’t take much work (and many tomatoes) to fill them.

Boy, was I wrong.

With late tomato blight putting to death my usual 20+ quarts of canned tomatoes, I had to think of something new.

And I have; I wrote about green tomato salsa, which replaced much of the usual red salsa I make. And then, Tuesday, I heard about canned apple pie.

It sounded wierd. A friend was telling me about how one has to stuff the pieces into a jar and I imagined baking several apple pies, cutting them into slices, and cramming them into quart jars. “With the crust?” I asked. “No, just the filling,” she said.

Ah, canned apple pie filling. AllRecipes.com has a terrific recipe I tried last night. A word to the wise: don’t fill the jars too full and don’t put them in the canner too long. They will boil and overflow, seal (or not), and leave you with some sticky jars to clean up. (Of course I didn’t do this! I’m a perfect cook!)

Any other useful canning recipes as this harvest season comes into full swing?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz Fledderjohann permalink
    September 17, 2009 3:53 pm

    The apples were not at the market today; they’ll be there Saturday, and I look forward to filling the remainder of our jars with apples–including the pie filling! Thanks for the great new idea! Mom

  2. Hope Long permalink
    September 18, 2009 3:47 pm

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Grans-Green-Tomato-Chutney/

    Joy – I don’t can, but I just read this recipe a little earlier today, & it sounded so good it almost made me want to take it up as a new hobby! It sounds like something I would eat with a spoon out of the jar, like you said you did with the eggplant/tomato dish :-). Hope the link works for you…

  3. Joy permalink*
    September 29, 2009 12:33 pm

    Thanks, Hope, for the chutney recipe. I make chutney every couple-of-years, so I’ll make sure to try this next time I have a plethora of green tomatoes. Unfortunately, I used mine up making green tomato salsa!

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