I live to tell about the enormous task of picking, peeling, coring, chopping, rendering, caramelizing, spicing, stirring, pouring, boiling, and cooling involved in the production of 150 four-ounce jars of apple butter. From our auspicious beginning on Friday morning to our conclusion last night, in total, 12 hours were spent in the alchemical transformation of apples to butter.
We imbibed hot beverages, moved on to pizza and wine, spilled hot apple butter on our socks, listened to Daft Punk and viola concertos (amongst other assorted and sundry tunes), swore, laughed, and got the job done. We became a well-oiled machine, finding each others grooves and rhythms and processes. We had a clearly defined goal and we didn't stop until we achieved it. May the sales staff at Sterling enjoy sampling our apple butter provisions as much as we enjoyed making them!