Monday, September 24, 2012
On My Hearth: Apple Butter
To honor Mabon and make good use of those delicious NC orchard apples, Kristyn and I decided to try our hand at making & canning apple butter. Working with this recipe as a guide, I peeled and chopped enough apples to fill my slow cooker about 3/4 of the way. One of those fancy peeler/corer/slicer things would have come in handy but lacking one, I did it all by hand.
I then mixed a cup of sugar, a teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of cloves and 1/4 teaspoon of salt, along with a splash of vanilla extract, poured over the apples, covered, and turned to high. After about an hour I stirred them, turned it down to low and let it cook and cook and cook! I'd occasionally whisk or stir them and when they got to just the right consistency and color.
We sterilized our jars and then Kristyn filled each one almost to the top.
We processed them for about 6 minutes, took them out to cool, and waited for that tell tale pop to let us know they were sealed properly.
Aren't they beautiful? We intend to give them as Yule gifts along with some freshly baked bread and other goodies. Hmm..looking at my gift list, I'm not sure that six jars will be enough. Another trip to the orchard might be in order!