Apple Day has been a long standing tradition in our house. This picture makes me want to cry because it is from a couple of years ago, and I just cannot stand how fast they are growing up! It makes me realize how special this day is in creating all of the warm feelings of fall — the smell of apples cooking, a pumpkin spice candle burning, Vivaldi playing in the background (my favorite canning music for some reason), happy noises coming from the kids working together, and the familiar “pop” of canning lids sealing. It truly is a day that makes me HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY. It’s all that good in life!
Here’s why. This fantastic gadget peels, cores, and slices the apples. If they are hard, it is a snap. If they are soft…. it turns to a mushy, mashy mess.
I also love this because most of the canning season is in the summer, when it is hot and when I don’t want to be in the kitchen all day. Come fall, I am ready and excited. I grab my bags and off I go. Obviously this doesn’t work with all fruit, but it can work with most, especially if it is jam or fruit butters that you are making.