Fall Canning

This last week I got down to the business of canning applesauce, as well as a few jars of pumpkin.  While growing up I would help my grandmothers do a bit of canning, and the first year Grady and I were married I did a little more, but this year has really been a growing time for me (choosing not to stress while canning and looking after an infant is the biggest part), and I’ve gotten much more confident with using my pressure canner.

There is something rewarding about putting up food for the months ahead.   Seeing the jars on shelves means that you will have a little something to feed your family through the winter, and it’s nice to not have to go to the store all the time.

Here are a few pictures of our days of canning, hope you enjoy.

Apples- I used Mutzu and Winesap


I cored, peeled and quartered the apples and then placed in lemon juice and water to keep them from turning brown.


Ralph “helped” by tasting the peelings :-)


Into the pot they go…

…to be turned into applesauce.

The finished product


Pumpkin- I peeled, cubed and cooked it slightly before placing in jars and canning.


Have you done any canning this fall?

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About Erin Phelan

Born and raised in western Michigan, Erin came to Polyface first as an intern in the summer of 2009. While here she met and got to know Grady Phelan, an apprentice at the time. The next spring they were married and after a couple years in Oklahoma they are back, working as sub-contractors for Polyface. Erin keeps herself busy with the jobs of a wife and mother, as well as helping with the animals, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, knitting and reading.

6 Responses to Fall Canning

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I wish I knew how to can. I would can things for the family. Can you can raw fermented foods w/out cooking them I wonder? I would love to do that. Ralph is soooo beautiful.
    Peace and Raw Health,

  2. Jennifer says:

    Oh yes! Applesauce, sweet potatoes, pizza sauce, chicken, turkey, hamburger, and taco meat.

  3. Leanna says:

    No fall canning yet. But I am hoping to get some apples for applesauce too!

  4. cyndi lewis says:

    We had a terrible fruit season in Michigan this year. Last March the weather was summer like for two weeks and then went back to freezing. Really took a toll on fruit crops. So we didn’t do much with fruit this year. But last year when we did applesauce… it didn’t even make it through the winter. Everybody loved it and it disappeared quickly! I’m hoping for a good season coming up for next year. We will be doing tons of applesauce. Happy Eating!

  5. Leilani says:

    I feel your pain Cyndi, we had the same happen here in Florida.

  6. Those apples look delicious! Yum!