Monkey came over on Tuesday afternoon without much warning. I had been thinking of having her do some freezer jam with me the next time she was here but since it appears that she will be here through the weekend I decided to get brave. We did a whole batch of strawberry freezer jam and then went for broke and made apple butter. I wanted to do cherry butter but they arent on sale yet. Im a bit confused though about my apple butter. It tastes wonderful but it isnt as thick as I think it should be. It is sorta like a slightly thicker applesauce. Of course this stuff didnt say to put any pectin in it either but I wonder if I should have just known that. Or maybe I should have done the whole water bath thing but I thought I didnt need to if I was putting it in the freezer. But anyway, I am now dedicated to canning what I can. Most likely I will have to start with just the acidic stuff that only needs a water bath because I dont have the money for a pressure cooker and unless someone on freecycle comes through, that may be next year. I think canning is the way to go here because our big freezer is over at the other house. And yes Tony thinks I am nuts but I can do this sitting down and you can use the crock pot for so many things. Anyone got some old canning stuff they dont want? Im going through and finding recipes and boy am I gonna need a whole bunch of jars!