Yesterday was a bad day. It was looking good, but then it got bad. Relatively. Well, okay, it was just another day, no buildings were hit by jets or earthquakes split the earth nearby. Just, in the grand scheme of things, an everyday day, but let me be selfish.
Here is what I learned yesterday.
I learned that 4.5 dozen cobs of corn yields a lot more corn than I can possibly eat in a year. I think. I’ll try, really.
I learned that a corn cobber is sharp, and corn cobs are slippery, and when trying to use one on the other, things slip sideways and take big chunks out of thumbs.
I learned that when you use rubber gloves to cut hot peppers, and then use the same gloves to cover your now bloody and bandaged thumb, make sure that the outside of the glove from the pepper cutting hasn’t become the inside of the glove. It burns.
I learned that no matter how much the recipes editor of a press assures you that 10 cups of ingredients can make 5 pints of a product, she’s wrong. I’ll write a separate blog on this tomorrow.
I learned that freshly de-cobbed corn is sticky and gluey, and gets everywhere.
I learned that the applesauce process on Food in Jars is more complicated when you make it 2.5X the recipe.
I learned that you end up with a very thick sauce if you don’t add more water.
I learned that cloves should be added in extreme moderation.
I learned that you need to make sure the snap lids are hot so the sealing compound is pliable enough to make a seal. Otherwise, after a half hour of processing, you’ll just have a hot saucy mess, and need to use new lids to make new seals. And this requirement is a right pain in the butt at midnight.
I learned that 12 Lb of apples makes a whopping 3 Quarts of very thick applesauce when you don’t use more liquid.
Worst of all, I learned that my BBQ sauce came in second out of TWO entries at the Thorndale Fair, KEL’s plum jam which didn’t set and therefore was entered as plum preserves in aforementioned Fair beat my plum preserves (she came in first–congrats!–I didn’t place). And that nothing else we entered placed at all.
On the upside, the spiced apple chutney is really good, even if it only made 5 cups.
Despite this, I really like the look of these jars of lovely apple-y goodness.