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Comment by Loam Gnome on September 25, 2018 at 12:45pm

Here's how that apple sauce turned out.  Really good!  Instead of blending them after cooked, I used a potato masher.  Less clean-up.  They were so tender, they blended very nicely that way. 

Someone with a sweet tooth might add sugar or maple syrup.  For me, and with these particular apples, it's plenty sweet.  Also, they only needed 3 1/2 hours to cook down.  I wonder if it can be even faster. 

Might try making some apple butter next.  That will involve some sugar, but it is good stuff.  Meanwhile, making another batch of apple sauce now.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2018 at 8:58pm

Oh! Goodness, that sounds delicious, and an easy way to make applesauce with little chance of scorching. 

Comment by Loam Gnome on September 24, 2018 at 8:35pm

Thank you Joan!  Tonight's supper will be sweet corn, and sauerkraut.  And maybe some sourdough bread. 

Here's something I haven't tried before.  Apple sauce made in crock pot.   There are lots of recipes on line.  For this batch:  8 apples, peeled, cored, cut into chunks.  2 tablespoon lemon juice.  1 cup water.  pinch of salt.  1 teaspoon cinnamon.  Combine, stir it up, in crock pot.  Cook 4 hours on high.  Then mash or process, let cool, and eiother refrigerate or freeze.  I think I'll portion into 1-cup amounts in quart ziplocks, like I do tomato sauce, and freeze.  Update tomorrow.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 20, 2018 at 1:41am

Daniel, your red cabbage kraut and fig jam look vibrant and I salivate just looking at them. 

Bon Appétit!

Comment by Loam Gnome on September 19, 2018 at 6:37pm

Today I managed to pick a bowl of figs, enough for a batch of jam.  I used Sure-Gel for Low or No Sugar added, and used the cooked fig jam recipe although I'm freezing instead of canning.  This came out very good, a bit too sweet for my taste despite the reduced sugar claims.  Next time I'll try the alternative pectin that was described here.  Still, now I can taste the figs all winter long, and appreciate the good things that come from having a garden and a kitchen.

This jam has the following ingredients:  Chopped figs, some water, pectin, sugar, and lemon juice.  That's all. 

Comment by Loam Gnome on September 16, 2018 at 11:47am

Hete is how the red cabbage sauerkraut came out.  I read that dark red fruits contain health promoting anthocyanins.  I dont know about red vegetables.

Comment by Loam Gnome on September 16, 2018 at 11:39am

Joan, that airlock might work for pickles.  Sauerkraut pushes brine up into the airlock and it overflows, then sucks air back in when it stops making gas.  So far, the best thing for me is to partially fill a zip lock bag with water and sit that on top of the kraut.  I leave abouf an inch of room at the top.  The jar still needs to be in a casserole dish to catch overflow.

I bought glass weights to sit on top of the kraut.  They dont completely cover it, so this last batch has a cabbage leaf cut to make a cartouche, then on top of that is the glass weight, and the silicone nipple lid on top of that.  Im probably overdoing it.  The pkastic bag with water seems adequate.  I like to experiment.

Comment by Loam Gnome on September 16, 2018 at 11:33am

Joan, I wouldn't worry about the deer getting sick from tomatoes.  They are very resilient.  That article is wrong about them not eating tomato plants.  My deer eat them down to nothingness.  I have to fence them in.  They also eat chili pepper plants, but not potato plants.  My neighbor also observed deer eating her tomato plants.

I read that different species of deer have different foraging prefetences.  I think ours are black tailed deer but I am not sure.

If thete is a lull in the rain, I want to find one mors batch of tomatoes to dry.  Here are from last night.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 16, 2018 at 12:38am

Oh! I hope I didn't make the deer sick; your comment gives me some relief, Ruth. I will sow more seeds of clover, turnips, and alfalfa, which I have already strewn in the meadow. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 15, 2018 at 10:33pm

Maybe deer can eat the fruit, but not tomato plants.

Today I saw two deer eating fallen wild crabapples right off the edge of the road. I slowed down to scare them less, but the traffic was fairly heavy and they left soon. I also wondered about them getting a tommy ache from the crabapples.


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