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Butters

This morning has been devoted to making apple butter, pear butter, and roasted tomato sauce. I’m happy to say that I have 4 pints of apple butter for the first batch, 7.5 pints of roasted tomato sauce, and 7 half pints plus 1 pint of pear butter canned. I also froze 2 half pints and 1 pint of pear butter which were not pictured.

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I made Vicky’s Roasted Tomato Sauce again.  That half jar went into the fridge because it was not full enough to water bath can it.  Yummy sauce though.

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There are many more jars of apple butter in my future. Likely some apple jam. I might be making more pear butter too. There are still some pears ripening. In any case, this was my haul for the morning.


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Little Joy

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So, Kim runs a little thing called Knitter’s Hunk and Knitter’s Chick each year and readers nominate and vote on their favorites until only 1 remains. She is also giving away some little gifts each week to the nominators. I won a little prize last week and it came yesterday, so I thought I would share.

And if you are so inclined, you can still get in on the voting for Knitter’s Hunk and Knitter’s Chick here.


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And It’s All About the Grapes too

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Yuh-Chi wanted to make grape juice so I invited her over for some intensive grape harvesting and juicing.

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We spent most of the night processing grapes.  

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At the end of the night we had made 23 quarts of juice.  I sent Yuh-Chi home with a full dozen. Not bad for a night’s work.  There are a lot of grapes still to be harvested though.

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And you know how the recipes and online instructions always tell you to check the jars for chips and cracks, they don’t tell you to look for foreign objects embedded in the glass. lol Brand new jar. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen something like that.


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Last of the Garden, but Ramping Up the Orchard

While I was gone, the orchard continued to ripen and when I came home it was to this:

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Good golly. I don’t know what the plants were thinking this year, but I have bumper crops of everything!! I decided to slice the plums and freeze them so I can decide what to do with them another day. (No green ones pictured, I forgot.)

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Then the grapes were juiced.

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I’m not sure why the color changes, but I’m sure it has to do with the extraction of juices in the skin as I continued to cook and add grapes. In any case, it sure is pretty!

Oh, and the pears were mature too. So, we had to bring those in last night.

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The Bosc tree is small and had a small harvest, but just look at those pretty pears.

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The Bartlett tree is huge, but it is infected with something. There were not many pears on the tree this year and most of them were not very pretty. The ripe pears still taste good though. I’m taking a chance that they will ripen nicely.

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Since I don’t have a fridge large enough to cool them like they should be to ripen best, I just went for the method that was available to me. These pears are spread out on a table downstairs where it is cooler.

And while I was gone, there were a few tomatoes ripening on the vines. These were the latest batch. Plus the green beans are still struggling to produce a few beans here and there. I think we are at the end of the road for the beans though.

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Whew. Now that I’m all caught up, I have to get back to preserving the produce.


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Well, It’s Finished

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I’ve been working on a cookbook for Kaitlyn (the soon-to-be-sister-in-law) as a gift for her Bridal Shower. As today is her Bridal Shower, I have decided to share it with all of my readers. The cookbook combines some of my favorite recipes from around the web (with proper citation) and family recipes.

Many of the family recipes come from my grandma Slack, but I’ve included a few of my recipes in this one too.  I can be quite creative when I’m in the kitchen.

I hope you enjoyed my recipes and photographs that I shared on the blog previously as most of them found their way into this book!

Knitter Bunny Cookbook

And if you feel like it, after you download a copy of the book, you can donate here.

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