Thursday, November 11, 2010

Apples Galore!

I did manage to put up most of the apples we picked a couple weeks ago. Some went as apple butter, some as applesauce, some in butternut squash soup, and the rest were just great eating apples.

Some apples washed and ready to be made into apple butter.


My wonderful apple peeler, corer, slicer. Without this, I don't know if I would have been willing to make all this apple stuff.


In action!


All the resulting slices in the crockpot with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and a bit of salt.


I loved making this in the crockpot since I could let it cook overnight and then get up in the morning to a great smell. All I needed to do at this point was mash it a bit with my potato masher, put it in jars, and waterbath the jars. I was done with plenty of time to get to Disneyland just after opening.


Finished jars.


I do like how the apple butter turned out, but I think I will cut down on the sugar next time. It is a little too sweet for my taste. I also made some applesauce, but that is basically the same thing, only with almost no sugar (I used a quarter cup with about 4lbs of apples), and some cinnamon. I love applesauce, so I didn't bother to jar it. I just put individual amounts in freezer containers and froze them. That way, I can pull one out and pop it in the fridge in the morning and have applesauce with lunch. I do still have some apples left and should use them within the next couple days. I think tonight will feature apple crumble for dessert!


Jennifer said...

Your apple butter looks good. I made chunky applesauce this year... been eatin it mixed in my oatmeal, yummy.

My Daily Creation said...

Looks delicious! I want one of those apple slicer things! I have a little gadget that peels them but I need the slicer too, sure makes life easier plus the kids think the apples look cool and they are more inclined to eat them!
If you need a taste tester, gimme a holla!!