I went grocery shopping last week to stock up on some of the items we went through on The Great Pantry Challenge; mostly frozen veggies and root-cellar type veggies like carrots, potatoes, celery, onions, cabbage and a few varieties of winter squash. There were some apples on sale so I tossed a 5-pound bag in my cart. I found out why they were on sale.
The apples seemed pretty firm, but when you bit into them they were starting to get that icky “mealy” texture to them. Rhiannon didn’t seem to mind, but I just can’t stand it. So we went through about a quarter of them before I decided that they were going to end up being chicken food.
But wait, I just spent like five bucks on those apples! And although I like my chickens, the cheapskate part of me wouldn’t let those apples be tossed to a bunch of backyard poultry. So I got out the good ‘ol apple peeler, corer/slicer thingy, some cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and a pot to cook them in.
Tossed the apples, spices, sugar & about a ¼ cup of water in the pot and let it cook for about ten minutes. Got out my handy-dandy food-smasher and ended up with this:
I wasn’t going to bother canning it since it would just be immediately opened and eaten so I just put in in a mason jar & stuck it in the fridge. There was exactly enough for a full quart. We’ll have it with our oatmeal or on our toast in the morning.
Don’t worry, the chickens didn’t get left out; the peels & cores went into the chicken bucket for their snack tomorrow morning.