So I went to this fruit market I heard about recently that sometimes carries produce seconds. I was hoping to stock up on something good and do some preserving/canning/freezing, whatever may be. Today they had apples, 3 pounds for 99¢. Macoun, Fuji, and Gala, so of course I bought all that I could carry over in those clear plastic produce bags. I would have preferred a bushel basket, but I guess they don't have those available. :)
After much peeling and coring it was time to make sauce, and to my horror I do (did) not have a large enough pot to cook down my apples. So, off to the store I run, and of coarse they don't have an inexpensive commercial sized stock pot. Nope. BUT, what they did have was a very expensive 8.5 quart dutch oven, which when combined with my usual stock-pot will provide enough volume to cook down all those apples. The new problem is that I can't boil water in the lobster pot (my canner) to sterilize and seal my jars with the other two darned things on the stove top. Sigh. What I need is to borrow one of those fancy, high-end, commercial grade appliance, six-burner gas ranges. Yup, that is what I need.
But that is not happening, so I am trying to come up with plan B which is looking like boiling the sauced (thus reduced) apples in the new big 'ol pan once the canning set-up is up to a boil. My husband doesn't understand why I wanted all these apples to make sauce when I can just buy some at the store......I am starting to not understand why either, lol!