a job at Smoothie King off my list of potential careers for when my kids are all grown up.
I spent about four hours snuggled up to a blender today making apricot jam and syrup.Last night I went with some friends to find some apricot trees. Together we picked about 7 grocery bags at least half full.
I went over to my friend's house to make the mess in her kitchen. ;) Thankfully there were many willing helping hands.First batch of syrup done, three to go. Not to mention 5 batches of jam. When I got home, I still had about two grocery bags full of apricots. I pulled out the blender and started chopping them up with the intention of putting them in the freezer for a later date. Hubby thought I was such a spoil sport for not running straight to the store to get more jars, sugar and sure-jel. He was ready to roll his sleeves and get to work but I was already tired of anything apricot. I dutifully kept cutting and chopping though.
By the numbers:
35lbs of sugar
70 cups of pureed apricots
8 boxes of sure jel
2 blenders blaring in our ears
4 extra large bowls for measuring
2 trusty spatulas for scraping
2 large pots for boiling
18 quarts of syrup
20 pints of jam
35 cups of pureed apricots still to use
2 tired moms
untold number of tired, cranky kids
2 drooling husbands waiting for anything apricot (willing to eat French Toast for supper just to have apricot syrup on top)
untold number of fingertips that look like dried apricots
1 cupboard stuffed full of filled jars
1 large bowl filled with unripened apricots
1 hubby willing to head out for more supplies to make more jam
Two big happy families!