We were gifted three boxes of apples, a windfall from our friends’ tree. After putting up eight jars of sliced apples, nine jars of applesauce, and drying a load of apples, I still had a box and a half. Doug and I go through a fair amount of juice and organic juice is not cheap y’all. Here’s how to make delicious juices from windfalls, purchased boxes of fruit, and/or frozen fruit to keep all winter. It’s ridiculously easy.
Load up a large pot 2/3 full of fruit. I sliced apples in half (I did not even bother to core them, I just made sure they didn’t have bugs in them!) and did one batch of just apple. The second batch I threw in the contents of the partial bags of frozen fruit in the freezer. Cranberries, raspberries, and a few strawberries joined the mix, adding their own festive color. A couple of cinnamon sticks and a cup of brown sugar for fun went in as well. Fill the pot to a few inches from the top with water and boil lightly for two hours. Pour into clean quart jars, wipe the rims off, replace the lids and place in a large pot with water covering the jars. Boil for 10 minutes. Add 1 minute per 1000 feet above sea level. I boiled for 17 minutes.
Once the lids seal, mark them and place them in the pantry. They are good for at least two years and you didn’t waste a single fruit!
On another note, we are busy packing and getting ready to move to our new homestead. I had to share a few pictures Doug snapped of the moving box fun going on at our house. There is either a baby or a cat or both in various boxes. I guess they want to make sure we take them!