I have a hard time with my hands. They hurt a lot of the time. They are weak and I have a hard time doing some tasks such as cutting into big hard vegetables such as squashes and rutabagas. I have some squashes here and decided today since my hands were not so bad today, I would cut these things up and cook them and freeze them.
I cut two acorn squashes in half, put some chopped apple, butter, maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and stuck them in the oven. I also cut up a rutabaga and put it in the oven at the same time to cook. It baked them 1 hour and 15 minutes and took them out. I let them cool. Then I scraped out the squash and mashed it up and put in freezer bags. I put the rutabaga in freezer bags also. I have 2 butternut squashes to do tomorrow if my hands cooperate.
I had 2 bags of cranberries sitting in the refrigerator from Christmas time. They were organic and consequently had no preservatives on them and were starting to get mold. So I decided to make juice. I put the 2 bags of cranberries in a pot, added one chopped apple and 2 tangerines (because they were getting oldish also). I added about 2 quarts of water. Bring this to a boil and reduce heat and simmer till fruit is all mushy.
Strain fruit into a bowl. I mashed the fruit to get as much juice out as I could.
Pour juice through a coffee filter to get out all the mushies and make the juice clearer. I had to replace the filter several times because a lot of mushies went through the colander I strained it through first, so the filter got plugged up.
Heat juice up again while getting jars, lids, and hot water bath canner ready. I added about 1/4 cup sugar to the juice for only a very light sweetness. Fill jars with juice and put on hot lids. Put jars into boiling water in canner and boil for 15 minutes. Remove jars carefully and put in safe place to cool.
Aren’t they pretty! I used the 8 ounce jelly jars for these and they are ready to drink. I canned 8 jars of cranberry juice and put 2 in the refrigerator. I also canned some rhubarb juice I had already made earlier.