It’s that time of year…

My first daughter-in-law is Cindy.  She constantly learns new ways to do things to make the mother’s job easier.  Here is one she recently shared with me.

Yum! Apple Butter 5 1/2 pounds of apples (or enough to completely fill a large crock pot) peeled, cored and sliced thinly 4 C sugar (may use raw honey or sorghum) 2 to 3 teaspoons of cinnamon 1/4 tsp. ground cloves 1/4 tsp. salt Method:

  • Place enough apples in a crock pot so the lid barely fits.
  • Combine sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt.  Pour over and cook on high 1 hour.
  • Reduce heat to low and continue to cook for 9 to 11 hours, until thickened and dark brown.
  • Stir the mixture periodically to prevent sticking.
  • Uncover and cook on low 1 hour longer to thicken.
  • Cool and blend with a wire whisk or an immersion blender until smooth.

Homemade Apple ButterCan this mixture in decorative jars according to normal canning method by washing, sterilizing jars and lids first. Fill the jars up to the line on the jars or leave about 1/2 inch headspace.  Cook in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.  Watch to be sure each lid seals (makes a vacuum) so the apple butter will not spoil.  If any do not seal, refrigerate until used. Alternate method: Spoon into freezer containers, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Refrigerate or freeze.

Dear GramMER, I made apple butter…

Dear GramMER,

I’m on the way out the door, so I can’t write long, but, wanted to share a couple pictures. Between math quizzes and homework I canned our first batch of apples from the trees this year. Some of them were pretty tiny and had lots of worm holes, but they still tasted good (after they had their worms picked out of course…)  I cooked them with skins, cores and all because that is where the sugar is.  I know all that makes apple butter taste better!  I added not quite enough water to cover, so I had to watch them pretty closely.

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