When I looked at the two bags of apples that my father-in-law brought over (fresh off their apple tree in the backyard!) I figured it would make a decent amount of applesauce. But I was shocked when I put them on the scale and found that there was 34 pounds. After roughly 5 hours of peeling, slicing and cooking down apples, I ended up with 7 quarts and 12 pints of applesauce.
One of the important parts of canning is making sure that the lids seal - otherwise the food cannot be kept over a period of time. After putting each batch of filled jars in a water bath, they sat out on the kitchen table where we could hear the lids "pop" as they sealed.
We've already gone through one pint - which I got into as soon as I got home, while it was still warm. Soooo yummy! *I love warm, chunky applesauce* I've promised a couple of jars to my in-laws in return for all the apples, and one to a friend from work. Hopefully the rest of it will last awhile!
Overall, my first canning experience was a success!
What are some of the things you like to can??