I'm going to be jumping into this semester extremely late... but into school a little early as I'll only be a first year. I've just been admiring everybody's projects that I can't help myself but get excited! The many ways that everyone interprets the prompts is extremely interesting to watch!
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quiditch Snitchnip (penalty)
Project Name: First Time (ever) Canning!
Brief Description: While I'm not really a stranger in the kitchen, I do tend to stick with the same types of cooking and baking. I've recently become interested in the concept of canning and so I did my first canning experiment! My family loves Apple Butter but really only get it when we visit one of the Amish communities near my in-laws on the East Coast (a bit hard to do now that we live on the West Coast...) so I found a recipe online for crockpot Apple Butter (sugar-free, too!) and here's what happened:
1. Peeled, cored, and diced 10 Fuji apples and set them in the crockpot on low and added a sprinkling of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves (didn't measure the spices, just put in a little at a time until I got the taste I wanted at the end)
2. After about 5 or 6 hours (I wasn't looking at the time) the apples were soft enough to smoosh with a spoon, so I let them cook a little longer, added in more of the spices as it still tasted too much like applesauce. Then placed the contents in my blender and blended it smooth. Then poured it back into the crockpot and left the lid cracked so that the steam could escape and the butter could thicken.
3. Sterilized little 4 oz. jars using a boiling water bath. I slowly increased the temperature on the stove to boiling 'cause I didn't want to deal with broken glass from heating it too quickly...
4. Filled the jars with the finished apple butter, closed the lids and set them back in the boiling water for 10 minutes to seal! Took them out of the boiling water and set to rest. <-- This is where I got frustrated 'cause the seals kept popping in and out as the jars cooled down! I couldn't tell if I had done it properly or not. However, they were all popped in when I checked on them this morning! Success, woot!
5. Found out that 10 apples will make 4- 4 oz jars of delicious apple butter that both my son and next door neighbor approve of! And so of course, the obligatory TOAST test!
So- try new thing = success! I hope to experiment with some pumpkin butter once pumpkins are in season