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A Freehold of My Own

Documenting my journey toward being a self sufficient family

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Crab Apple Pectin

Near my home there is a large crab apple tree. I never noticed that it was a crab apple but had noticed the tree itself. I was overjoyed when I realized what it was. I had originally planned to ferment some of them on the counter, not for booze but as a pickle of sorts. There had been talk of it in a fermentation group I am in on Facebook.

Life being busy this time of year I didn’t get out to the tree for a good four weeks. The fruit was still firm, some still with a pink blush but they were very spotty. I decided to use them for pectin instead. I didn’t use any one recipe in particular, just read through a few on Pinterest and Google.
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Apple Cider Vinegar

I’ve started making Apple Cider Vinegar. I will update as things move along.

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Today’s Offerings

Started on a giant batch of banana bread. Made one plain loaf and a whole bunch of muffins that I added chocolate chips too. Polish style potato pancakes for dinner. I smother mine in sour cream, my partner smothers his in sugar. Still so much to do. I had some fond memories of my maternal great grandmother as I fried the cakes in bacon fat. One of my distinct memories of my young life is her collecting bacon grease in a big silver coffee can on the stove top.

Coming up will be posts on Jun, Kombucha, preserving lemons and making pectin. Yay for apple season!

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Homemaking and Crafting – February 19th, 2013

Made 7 pints of organic apple sauce. First time using a food mill. Quite pleased with the results.

Made fish and chips for dinner, fish from scratch, chips from the store.

Washed and folded three loads of laundry

Cleaned kitchen and washed the kitchen floors

Dried Apples

I am making a batch of dried apples this evening. It’s my first attempt. I’m just using the over drying method. I was going to try wrapping the oven rack in cheesecloth, I discovered that water and lemon juice take grease off very nicely! So there went my nice clean cheese cloth. I decided to use my cake cooling wire and lay them out on there which fits quite nicely. I sliced them just under half an inch thick, local apples of a variety I cannot remember, dipped them in a solution of one litre of water and two tablespoons of lemon juice. So far so good. Will post pictures and write of my success or failure in the morning when they are dry.

 

OKAY! I’m back! Sorry for the delay. The recent severe weather has been wreaking havoc on my body. The apples turned out beautifully. Slightly over done but that was because I slept in. Either way they are very tasty and almost gone. I believe they were in the oven for about twelve hours, part of that time the oven was a wee bit too warm. After some poking around I managed to get the temperature as low as possible. I am trying to think of other fruits I can dry for snacks. Any ideas?

          

 

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