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Monday, October 26, 2009

Waste Not!

My friend gave me two large boxes of Jonathan apples.  I was excited to make more apple pie filling. When I opened the first box and saw that the apples were the size of large golf balls, I wanted to throw it all out but realized how wasteful that would be so I made applesauce instead.


(Compare the size of the large Red Delicious apple and the small Jonathan)
I got the first box of apples washed, cut in half and cooked until soft.  The apples were put in our handy, dandy strainer (thanks Sheri for the tip about using the drill!)  A few days later, I opened the other box.  Same size but mixed with some Golden Delicious.  Made more applesauce.


It's interesting to see the difference in color of the applesauce.  The one on the left is all Jonathan, the one on the right, the mixture.  I got 20 quarts.


Now this is what's left after the straining.  What do I do with it?  I don't want to waste it.  Could I make apple core jelly like I did the peach pit jelly?  No, probably not since this has been cooked, most of the flavor is already gone.  So what can I do with this "garbage?"



Hmmm, I have an idea!  Get a brown paper bag.


Put a few cups of the apple garbage in the bottom. Fold over the top of bag, staple shut, and place on the door step.



Light a match and there you have it!


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Too bad we're not neighbors!

22 comments:

gigi said...

Hey, Connie, you inspire me!!!

BTW you can put those scraps back into your garden soil forget the paper bag surprizes.

Small House said...

Baked apple!! This reminded me of a grouchy fellow that lived in College Ward (which is where I grew up) and every Halloween someone would burn a pile of cow manure on his porch. Apples would smell much better!

You got a lot out of those box of apples. AND, I love the drill idea!!! I'm an applesauce fan, so lucky you!
Have a great day.
Sandra

Yvonne said...

You amaze me--you don't waste anything--WAY TO GO.

Sondra said...

You are amazing! It's funny to see how small those apples were. I need to be better at not wasting. If someone had given be that box of apples - I wouldn't have known what to do with them. Your apples sauce looks yummy. I love the drill idea - very clever.

Erin Ann said...

you are so funny. Probably smells a lot better than the usual burning bag on a doorstep. Nice work!

Camille said...

That is a great idea! A lot better than apple core jelly. :) And with that huge bowl that you had left over, you could line your walks on Halloween night as festive iluminaries! :) (not sure about the spelling)

Kazzy said...

You are surely the queen of waste not~

I haven't even acted on my apples yet. ugh...

Small House said...

HEY....I'm SOOOO curious to know who your mother is. I tried to find an email but no luck. Lots of Olsens and Hansens. email me if you have a minute.
smallhouse19@yahoo.com

Kristina P. said...

Nice!

Valerie said...

So, that's where the fire department was headed...

You are hilarious! :)

I have a grocery bag full of golf ball sized Jonathon apples too! Not enough to do much with...perhaps I'll skip straight to the burning!!!

The Garden of Egan said...

Wow! I didn't expect that one! Sheesh!

Jill said...

Mom you always get this way around the holidays.

Cherie said...

You go girl! I am a little tired looking at this post. Lots of work! And I love that you set your garbage on fire- What a woman!!

Jenny said...

I have been blessed with a bushel of apples that now sit in my kitchen awaiting family night. We will make some apple sauce and carmel apples!

KC said...

You crack me up! You are so funny! And clever.

Melanie said...

What I wanna know is where in the WORLD you store ALL THESE BOTTLES!!????

Ann Marie said...

I was thinking.. who is this woman who can do ANYTHING with fruit garbage?? Ha-HA!

I think you need to write a Waste not cookbook.. and add this! :)

The applesauce looks yummy-licious!

Emma said...

Wow every one is canning, but not me. I have never been taught or shown, looks like a lot of work. Good for you.

I love the fire, fun!!

Kimmie said...

Connie you ALWAYS give me a good laugh when I stop by your Blog.

I too hate things to go to waste and so I am always trying to find creative ways to use the abundance of food that we have this time of year.

I love the pink color that the Jonathan apples give to the applesauce. I can't wait to enjoy some applesauce. It's my first year for canning applesauce as well.

Happy Halloween to you!! I bet you are the most FUN neighbor on your block!!

Julie Harward said...

Hi Connie...thanks for the visit! Adding you to my blog list and will follow yours if thats ok. You have a delightful blog full of good things..I'm glad you found me! Come say hi any time :D

a happy heart blog. said...

I love homemade applesauce, but have never canned anything! Way to go!

Natalie said...

Your applesauce looks great. You are the No Waste Queen I am beginning to find out. I think that is awesome.
Do you compost?