Monday, September 24, 2012

~Apple Butter for "cheaters"~ ;)

   Anyone who grew up with German/Irish grandparents like mine.....would know that "true" apple butter is made with apple peelings, cooked & stirred in a pan with a blade in it that turns and cuts up the peels (anyone know what the pan is called?).
The apple butter would then be poured into glass jars....and sealed. I remember canning season quite well, though I don't presently trust myself through the process without experienced supervision. Children don't often think to take notes from their grandma's.   :)

Here's a crock pot recipe to try, if you are a "cheater" like me and haven't purchased "the apple butter pan".     :)  :)

I found this crock pot recipe online on Cooks.com , and it is yummy! Honestly, I doubt the apple butter will make it into our freezer bags. We've been smelling the delicious apples & spices all night long and we may eat it today!!!!   Yes, all of it!    :)  :)  Apple butter looks a lot like applesauce if you think about it.... haha, just kidding. We'd all have stomach aches~ :)
We need to save a little for Richard, too. Just a sample....
Here's the ingredients needed:

      Crock pot
Approximately 3 lb. apples
3 cups sugar (I used Jonathan apples and only added 1 cup sugar)
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
Dash of salt
3/4 cup water or fresh apple cider

Fill Crock-pot 3/4 full with peeled, cored and sliced apples. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until evenly mixed.
[I used my Pampered Chef Apple/peeler/corer; I could have added more apples than what this recipe calls for because I have a large crock pot; we obviously didn't pick enough from the orchard!!!]

 
Cover and cook on low setting overnight or until the butter is of a thick, spreadable consistency.
If apple butter has too much liquid, remove lid and cook on high until thickened. Stir often as butter thickens to prevent scorching.
Store in refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. Freeze for longer storage.
Variation: For a less sweet apple butter, substitute 1 cup honey for the sugar.
 [ I will try the variation next time.....I'm making MORE of this!!!  Orchard, here we come (again)   :)  :) ]
 

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