Like just about everyone else in the upper midwest, we went apple picking recently. We went last year to our local u-pick farm and loaded up, but this year the plan was to really load up. I think having a chest freezer might have gone to my head.
But behold the bounty *insert trumpets blaring*. We put enough in the freezer for well over a dozen pies or crisps, plus I spent yesterday canning applesauce and apple butter for the first time:
In case this is all sounding a bit too Pollyanna-ish, I will be totally honest and admit that canning sucks monkey butt. It involves many, many hours of standing on your feet in a hot kitchen while your small children rage at the gate blocking them out because it might just be important that they stay away from huge vats of boiling water.
But it *does* produce yummy results.