We have some relatives that have a Granny Smith apple tree that does nothing but produce fruit by the bushel. Recently, while shooting some family portraits, my relatives were kind enough to send me home with some so I ended up bringing home a bushel if not two!
Can you ever have too many apples?
I happen to love apple everything so if you ask me, the answer is no, you cannot have enough apples!
Apples contain Vitamin C which aid the immune system, and phenols which reduce cholesterol. It’s also said that apples reduce tooth decay by cleaning your teeth and killing off bacteria. Some research even suggests that apples help protect brain cells against neuro-degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease. I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, right? Even though that saying may not have been coined due to apples medicinal benefits, I’d say it sure is pretty fitting.
Here you can see the heaping stack of green Granny Smith apples as it awaits processing. Aside from making a couple of large batches of apple crisp, most of the apples were processed and preserved into applesauce this time around.
Ah yes, 72 jars of fresh homemade applesauce. Half of them just plain applesauce, while the other half is spiced with cinnamon. Our applesauce is sweetened with Florida Crystals Natural Cane Sugar which adds a wonderfully unique flavor. It’s also organic and non-GMO!
As a photographer, I just couldn’t help but have a little fun with all of those beautiful canning lids. Don’t they make a an interesting photograph?
Here we have four large half gallon jars of sliced Granny Smith apples, bathing in a sweet golden syrup.
These apples were preserved from a previous batch of apples but I finally got around to taking a couple of photos. Aren’t they beautiful? I can’t wait to try them!
Canning is a lot of work but the benefits of preserving fresh food to enjoy all year long is definitely worth it.
Do you preserve your own food? Leave me a message and let me know what your favorites are.