I just learned about the concept of a separate kitchen just for canning. Apparently my friend's cousin has one, complete with a floor drain and a big spray nozzle so you can just spray away the stickiness. Can you imagine just being able to walk away from the canning mess and have room to cook dinner (and eat it, for that matter) in your normal kitchen? This is what my kitchen looks like when I'm canning. Pots, jars, bowls, towels everywhere! Not to mention the sticky floor.
We were blessed to pick a batch of free apples and I've spent hours on them. Nathan helped me today and we were in the kitchen for 5-6 hours straight. I have a small gouge in my finger where using a knife formed a blister, popped it, and then irritated it even more. We're almost done!