Yesterday my great friend Clare came and with her help I cleared a whole cupboard and she washed the shelves. It was the cupboard where I keep my homemade jams and pickles so I wanted to make sure that the last of last year’s stuff came to the front. It was very interesting.
Last year for the first time I had a go at bottling apple sauce in reused jars (not Kilner jars). I was a bit sceptical but decided that as there were more apples than could be used I wouldn’t really be wasting anything other than my time and a bit of gas for cooking. Three jars were still at the back of the cupboard (naughty me) and two were still in perfect condition. I shall do bottled apples again. Success.
However, the other thing which was left in quantity was apple butter. I had a go at making it in my slow cooker last year – again on the grounds that the apples would otherwise have gone to waste. It was a disaster. I wrecked my slow cooker which ended up in the bin. I didn’t like the apple butter which I made. And the worst thing of all? I was stupid enough to store food which I really didn’t like.
So the apple butter, like the eggs, has taught me a lesson. There is no point in keeping food which you have very little prospect of eating.