Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September 17 Apple Butter

One of the easiest prepared items to make at home is apple butter or apple sauce. We found a recipe recently and a deal on apple seconds. For $5 I purchased 11lbs of apple seconds. Let me just say it takes a  little while to process 11lbs of apple seconds. I doubled the recipe but you only need half that.
Apple Butter
  • 4 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 ground nutmeg
Place apple slices in a 3 1/2 to 4 quart slow cooker. Stir sugar, water, vinegar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours. Stir and cool. Ladle apple butter into canning jars.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Place apples in cooker
  2. Help measure and add remaining ingredients
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Process apples
  2. Help measure and add ingredients
This was a very easy and wholesome recipe. I doubled the apples but did not increase the sugar. Apples are so sweet they do not need much added. Audrey had a lot of fun putting the apples in the crock pot. I placed them in water after processing so she fished them out for me. 

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