Tuesday, October 08, 2013
good morning everyone! last night was an adventure in the kitchen and today promises to be a nice adventure too.
so at Marianne's harvest table dinner, she served us what she called "apple pie shine". it is a sipping cordial made from cider and "everclear" which is 190 proof (yes, there is such a thing). as I said before, I don't drink, and rob doesn't either, but he really liked the apple shine. it does have a lovely taste, and the flavor is so smooth, the alcohol is hard to detect. once it's finished its only about the same alcohol content by volume that wine is (11 percent or so) but because you can't taste the alcohol, you have to be careful and just sip it. anyway, Marianne texted me that she had pressed 40 gallons of organic cider (have I mentioned how much I LOVE the fact that she is my friend???) and did I want any? so I swapped her for some fresh ground flour and pumpkin conserve that I had made. got a gallon of apple juice at the store (recipe she gave us calls for both) and last night we were off to the races. turned out my stockpot wasn't big enough for 2 gallons of liquid, so rob and I had to do a little figuring and transferring to get the right amount of everything into two pots. I got some half gallon jars, and sterilized them while we were waiting for the apple juice and cider to come to a boil (it also has sugar and cinnamon sticks in it--Marianne's recipe doesn't use a lot of sugar--some of the recipes I saw look like they would be entirely too sweet). once the juice had boiled and cooled, we divided the grain alcohol into 4 of the jars and topped it with the juice. then, as Marianne instructed, we had to taste it to be sure it wasn't too strong. with my recent adventure in wine, I opted out, so rob did the honors. after 2 spoons of it he started laughing really hard. so the alcohol was definitely still present :-). but he said the flavor was fine and once it mellows down it will be what he wants. so we capped the jars and set them off to cool. so that was our first adventure into the world of spirits and alcohol. if nothing else, I figure we can strip paint with it :-)
today I am taking my friend rosie, who is currently unable to drive, to a tiny amish town (the whole town consists of a store and a big parking lot) where she likes to stock up on bulk food and things. its always fun to go there, and I have a list of things to pick up for my mom. should be a fun day!
have a lovely day, everybody!