The Benefits of setting up an Outdoor Kitchen...
I have a new neighbor. Actually, she is a friend from long ago who has moved just down the street from me. As I was visiting with her, we discussed her newly acquired apple tree....that was heavy laden. Some of the branches were touching the ground as they were heavy. She asked me if I wanted some.....well of course!!!!
I decided to make Apple Juice among other things. However, I needed many burners and I really didn't want to heat up my kitchen. So, I set up an outdoor kitchen.
I have a bar outside. I set up our Camp Chef Stove.
There are advantages to canning outside. See how easy it is to wash the apples. No spilling on the floor!
I quickly sliced the apples into wedges. I did this because this tree was left to its own all summer. Some of the apples were bound to have 'inhabitants'. By slicing in wedges, I could move quickly and check for unwanted guests. That way I could toss the wedges I did not want and keep the rest.
Again, using my garden sprayer I filled the bottom container of the Steamer Juicer. No hauling water...anywhere! I turned on the burner and brought the water to a boil while I continued to slice the apples.
I filled the middle container of the device with the apple wedges. I placed the apple-filled container on top of the boiling water and placed the lid on top. Then I continued to fill the second device as well.
While the apples were processing, I set up a table with the lids (that I had heated in water and set on a hot pad), and a basket of rings. Do you want to see what is under the towel?
I have my clean and sterilized bottles (from the dishwasher) under the cloth.
When the time came, I started to fill the jars with the fabulous golden liquid.
So what do you do with the steamed apples after juicing? I put them through my Strainer.
Lots of beautiful applesauce was extracted. And, it wasn't runny! So I decided to make flavored Fruit leather. I chose my favorite Jello Flavor and mixed them together.
I spread the red deliciousness on my fruit leather tray and put the trays in the dehydrator.
Take Home Message:
- I was blessed enough to have a lovely gift from my neighbor who was stressing about what to do with all her apples. As she was just moving in, she didn't want to deal with them. She also didn't want any of the juice etc as she said she cannot think of bringing another thing into her new house. I have been there and done that. I can relate.
- I was able to can inside my house while I had apples processing in my 'outside kitchen'.
- Clean up was a breeze. I just used my garden hose and sprayed down all the surfaces. It took minutes!
- I was able to add golden apple juice and fruit leathers to our Pantry.
Consider putting together an outdoor kitchen for canning. It was really simple and is something I will do again.