Friday, August 20, 2010

Day 232 - Apple Sauce

Our neighbours have a Flowering Crab Apple tree in their front yard. With the approach of fall comes the daily splash of apples on the driveway and asphalted street. While I'm sure it's a pain for them, we appreciate the vivid colour and texture contrast it makes. Peg's mom used to have her family collect these apples to boil for jelly. The mash would then be ceremoniously hung in a pillowcase reserved just for jelly from a kitchen cabinet doorknob to drip. The collected drippings were boiled again with sugar, poured into sterilized jars and sealed with parafin. What's that saying..."When life gives you lemons, make lemonade". Well, maybe their version should be "When life gives you apples, make apple sauce or jelly!"

3 comments:

playingwithpixels said...

This is a wonderful shot and your story about jellymaking is too. I remember those paraffin discs on top of the homemade jam so well....

susanvg said...

There are some of these dropping around the corner from me. My mother used to make jelly (and many kinds of jam). She used cheesecloth to strain the mash. You brought back many memories.

Kristy Johnson said...

I love this shot! A sure sign that fall's on its way!