This is a little out of the norm for me...
How do y'all feel about an apple butter recipe review? Well you're about to get one anyway!
Last Saturday was so cool that it felt like autumn to me. Ryan and I made so many conflicting plans that it was overwhelming and we decided to just make a day for us. I was able to get the camper in tip-top condition as I scrubbed and swept away the busy work week. I opened all of the windows and let the cool breeze in. I mopped with a eucalyptus and cinnamon essential oils, and I had a fall scented candle lit. It was heavenly.
Then I saw it: an apple fell from a tree outside one of our windows.
I asked Ryan to go check on the apple trees we have growing around us, see if any apples were ready for harvesting. You see, we live on a property abounding with mulberries, blackberries, grape vines (though against Ryan's efforts they didn't produce much this year), and apple trees. We try to waste little.
Ryan came inside with some apples in his hand just as I was pulling up a crock pot apple butter recipe on Pinterest. There were more apples out there, ready and waiting, so we got to work.
We started out with a smaller basket, then after it was filled we grabbed the bigger one.
We used a vintage Pampered Chef apple corer/peeler/slicer. It took a lot less time than i expect doing it all with a knife would have.
After getting 6lbs of apples sliced, we put in the nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, and put it all in crock pots. Instead of brown sugar, i had to use my organic pure cane sugar, and I cut the total sugar amount in half. It took 3 medium sized crock pots to cooks up two batches of the recipe.
The recipe I followed is from The Dinner Mom blog.
We ended up with 8 pint jars of apple butter, and I've gotten so many compliments on the taste.
After the jars were filled, we borrowed our friend's pressure canner and Ryan canned all of it while I was at work.
I appologize for the poor editing of this post. It's hard to do on a phone, which is what I'm having to do because I'm no where near my laptop.
Go check out that recipe and maybe try it for yourself! Tell me what you think. It may have been time consuming, but it was my first time making apple butter and it was worth it.
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Author: Tina Potter
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