Saturday, August 7, 2010

apple butta.

my mom and dad have an apple tree in their back yard. layne and grandpa picked buckets of apples the other week and brought them in for us to make a little apple butter. it's really sounding like little house on the prairie. but it's not...my dad just thinks it is. he plants fruit trees in the yard whenever my mom isn't looking. she doesn't enjoy spending every day of the summer canning fruit apparently.
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i know the apple peels look kind of gross...but there's no pesticides, people. and the peels get washed and come off before they get canned. don't you worry none.

anyway, we make apple butter to give as gifts at christmas. which is awesome come winter...who has time to make all that stuff during the busy holidays? plan ahead, people, like a little squirrel gathering nuts for the cold months. what? i thought that was funny.

so we do this in mass amounts...we had 20lbs of apples. hilarious.
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which means you need tons of sugar. we used 2 of these glass containers full of shoog!
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good pic mom! love the apron...you're so profesh.

speaking of my mom, she has a kitchen aid attachement that cores and peels the apples after we cook them. i realize normal people don't have this ridiculous attachment.
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oh you don't have 20lbs of apples? silly, you can do this in normal amounts with this recipe:

SMALL batch of apple butter:

Ingredients
  • 8 apples, of any variety, peeled, cored, and chopped or sliced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
directions:
put ingredients into crockpot and let cook on high for a 4 hours, until the apples are mushy. if you have to be gone all day...set it on low for 8 hours. whatever. this is not an exact science.
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mush the apples up and then can it. here is a canning tutorial if you don't know how. you basically boil your jars...don't let it scare you.
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it's surprisingly easy! it's just kind of time consuming but well worth all the effort.

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 then pull those bad boys out and let cool. BAM, christmas gifts already made! from the heart and inexpensive. you can't beat that.
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and make sure to save one for yourself.

11 comments:

  1. Your new recipe has too much cider vinegar! mom

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  2. oops. changed it. thanks for watching my back mom.

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  3. you're a regular martha stewart. am i getting some apple butta for christmas? :) it looks delicious!
    love, jenn

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  4. I laughed when you said your dad plants fruit trees when your mom isn't looking, I can relate...every member of my extended family is always sending us home with buckets full of tomatoes or cucumbers, both which I like but you can ONLY eat so much of! apple butter sounds pretty amazing however

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  5. Woah. I'm impressed. You know how much I love to steal your ideas...but not sure I can tackle this one yet. I would like a jar in my stocking, though.

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  6. i will be so pissed if i don't get any of this apple butta for christmas.
    just sayin'.

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  7. I love that you and your mom do lots of "little house on the prairie" stuff too!! My mom and I have recently taken up making homemade butter...from raw cows milk...from a farm that my mom drives to every week... Oh, and I totally understand the kitchen aid craziness... My mom not only bought all her daughters (and daughter-in-laws) one for our weddings, she just recently got a huge industrial size one (you know, the kind that can rip your arms off if you don't know what you're doing - yeah, I'm afrid of it) for huge dough batches. Apparently she thinks she's running a bakery. :)

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  8. thanks for this. I make applesauce every year...may have to add this to the list. How much does your large batch make?

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  9. alyssa,
    i think it'd probably make 4 small jars. if you make it, let me know so i can add it to the post!

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