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Apples and milk

August 26, 2008

//i33.tinypic.com/296dhsz.jpg" target="_blank">View Raw Image</a>I’m always amazed by the sheer volume of raw food it takes to make sauce of any kind.  Our Yellow Transparent apples finally started to ripen.  I didn’t get them thinned (like I ever do) so they are small to medium, and plentiful.  Usually I like to make chunky applesauce, but I don’t like to peel small apples, so I cooked them in our 20qt stock pot, and ran them through the food mill.  So 30# of apples, will maybe give me 6 -7 quarts of sauce after I cook them down. 

 

 

 

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This is the only waste – approximately 5 cups of glop.  Pig glop!  They love it!

 

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I always cook down my apple, pear, and tomato sauce in my crock pots.  I have this newer 5.5 quart, and a smaller old one, maybe 3 quarts.  This way I can leave the house, and the sauce will never scorch.  This is an excellent way to make butters, because you can go as thick as you want.  I leave the lid on while it is initially heating up, and I stir it frequently to distribute the heat.  After it is thoroughly heated through, I take off the lid.  It will evaporate quicker and you will be canning sooner.  I also use these to bring the sauce to temperature for canning.  Between the two I can usually get a canner load.  I get claustrophobic in the house thinking of everything I could be doing outside – so stirring a pot of bubbling sauce is a sure guarantee that it will all be burnt and going to the pigs.  So the crock pot(s) really give me a much more predictable outcome.  With the lids off, your sauces will darken, but it is just oxidation.  If you’re looking for the pale applesauce similar to what is available in the store, don’t use this method.

 
With the sauce bubbling away, it leaves me time to start my annual worrying about Della.  I have been thinking she is losing weight, and sure enough I got a newsletter today that confirmed my suspicions.  I would like to see more back fat on her just before she calves.  But, this is my doing with the AI mess ups in the last two years. 😦  My late summer pasture isn’t the highest quality, because it is new growth.   The newsletter is COW TALES, put out by Crystal Creek, whose livestock supplies I use.  There is a great article about Dairy Cow Body Condition Scores.  Check out that newsletter if you can, they usually are really production oriented for professional dairy people, but I can always find some information I can use.
So now I’m out in the field with Della, poking and measuring and fussing about.  Secretly, I think she loves all the attention.
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This is my Homeopathic Farm Kit.  It contains the most common remedies needed for lactating and non-lactating food animals.  We use it too. 

I started Della on her Caulophyllum 30C today.  She will receive this everyday until she freshens, and several times a day for a few days afterwards.  This will help prepare her uterus for birth. 
So I’m crossing my fingers and hoping she will have an uneventful and successful birth!  (And maybe a heifer)  🙂

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy Johnson permalink
    August 27, 2008 7:24 am

    This is your neighbor to the north-east. This weekend we will be butchering our first batch of meat chickens! We ended up with 12 out of 20. Don’t know if that is good or not? We finally started letting them out of the pen during the day when we’re here. Anyway we’ll let you know how the slaughter went! Nan

  2. August 27, 2008 8:37 am

    I don’t peel my apples when making sauce, ever. I do generally core them, boil them, then run the entire thing through a blender. I find there’s less waste that way then through a food mill and you get all the fiber and nutrients from the skin. If you do it this way, it of course means you can’t have it chunky, but the skin’s not a problem when its blended.

    I hope all goes well with Della.

  3. August 27, 2008 8:58 am

    Just cathing up on your recent posts as we have been computer challenged lately.
    I’m sorry you had a load of hay get wet. That’s just the worst. I hope you were able to salvage some of it. Your gardens looks great – so much produce ! You all work so hard – I swear I don’t know where you find time to do ALL that you do!

    Our Paula red apples are just starting to ripen at the orchard. I bought just enough to make a small batch of sauce. Like you, I cook them and put them through the foodmill. I have never tried the apple butter but will try your crockpot method. Once again, thanks for sharing your tips and recipes.

    Keeping my fingers crossed that Della has an uneventful delivery and gives you a healthy heifer 🙂

  4. August 27, 2008 9:33 pm

    Nancy, that’s better than nothing – did you guys get rain too? Or did it fizzle by the time it got over the mountains? How are the pullets? Keep in touch, and let me know how it goes.

    Kathie, that’s a good idea with the skins. I make so little applesauce, because we eat most of our apples raw. Ironically, I don’t peel any other fruit that I do can, since we like to eat the skins.

    Thanks for the well wishes about Della, she is due Tuesday, and I always start the worry watch a little early. Luckily, SHE knows what she’s doing.

    Debi, that’s too bad about your computer. Once you get used to having them, going without is like withdrawal. I resisted having one at home for so long, just from being sick of working on computers all day – now I’m the worst offender!

    I wish it was just a load of hay, it’s about 12 tons. It’s still out there, we’re hoping for a break in the weather, but it is cold enough tonight to build a fire. But, I resisted and we just broke out the down vests.

    Our apples are a little scarce this year, last year we had huge crops. So I’m hoping this means a mild winter, since we will be short of hay now.

    Della should be OK, fingers crossed. She gets huge, it’s funny watching her waddle around. Heifer wishes all around!

  5. August 29, 2008 7:48 am

    Nita, do you spray your apples? I’ve been toying with putting in an orchard but I’m not sure what to think of the spraying. My friend has trees she doesn’t spray and they don’t grow well — they stay pretty small.

    Fingers crossed for you and Della that all goes well!

  6. August 29, 2008 6:27 pm

    Not sure how I missed this post??? I like the crock pot idea, I will try when I get some apples.

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