Monday, October 4, 2010

Apple Butter

I love apple butter.  In fact, the apple butter is the number one reason why Cracker Barrel is among my favorite restaurants.  Apple butter is great on biscuits and even better on a spoon. 


Apple butter is a great use for cull apples.  These apples my wonderful MIL brought back from the orchard are really too pretty for such a fate, but then again…


They sliced up beautifully in my handy-dandy apple peeler, slicer, coring super-duper machine.  I used the coring and slicing part of the machine, opting to leave the skins.


And into the crock pot they go, all 18 of them. 


Add about 1 cup of apple cider, 3 cups of sugar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of cloves and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg.  It looks good already.


It cooked on high all day long.  The smell was unbelievable.  Rich.  Intoxicating.  Delicate.  It made me want to dig into the pan with a spoon.  So, I did.  I was even nice and shared a bowl with the kids.


This is the beauty that greeted me after we put the kids into bed, about 10 hours after I cut up the apples and turned on the crock pot.  Almost perfect.


Using a food mill gives the apple butter that perfect texture.  My food mill came from an country estate auction.  I love auctions and using this food mill brings back good memories.  I kind of think using this old food mill honors the memory of the country lady who used it before me, too.  Anyway…


And, into pretty little jars it goes.


Then, into the hot tub (boiling water bath) for 10 minutes.


Yummy apple butter and the perfect, easy recipe for a busy momma of four. 

~Preserving your own food is not rocket science.  If you are interested in storing away some of the season’s best, be sure to get a good book about canning.  The Ball Blue Book is the standard, go-to book.  I also love a book called Putting Food By.  I adore this book because it has a ton of information about preserving foods and a tremendous number of recipes. 


There are so many resources to learn food preservation.  As always, I encourage you to try canning.  Just be sure to read the directions carefully and follow them meticulously (especially until you get the hang of it) so that you’ll be sure to end up with a safe and delicious product. 

Have fun in the kitchen and try something new!


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  1. I'm so grateful you shared this recipe...being from California we don't get opportunity to enjoy Cracker Barrel out here. I finally found out what the hype was all about---mmm! And yes, could totally agree that apple butter is indeed a reason to keep going back. :) Thanks for the recipe and the step by step visual. Well done!

  2. YUM! I'm hoping to get our apples picked this weekend - and then apple butter and applesauce here we come!

  3. I have never known what goes into apple butter, may have to actually give it a whirl!

  4. I soooooo wanted to make apple butter when we did our apple unit (I too could eat a whole jar!!), but I forgot to bring my mom's canning supplies back to our house last time we were "home" :(. It looks yummy! Maybe next year.

  5. Ooooh!!! This sounds so good, I might just have to go get some apples and whip up a batch for us.

  6. The neighbors just offered us apples from there yard. I think I will try this. We went to Hubers over the weekend and I had to get the apple butter. I think I can make my own. How many Jars id it make??

  7. It made 10 half pints, plus all that we ate before it even got done! I made another batch today, and added more apples as it cooked down, about 26 apples in all... This batch made 9 full pints plus a bowl that we ate. It's so good and so easy! Do try it, Rachel!

  8. Looks wonderful! I used a very similar parer/corer/slicer for my apple pie!

  9. Fatima-I on my 2nd batch of apple butter! My first time canning & its so easy. Is it ok if I link back to ur blog when I share on mine about the apple butter making?ur instructions were so simple &the pics so good.


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