What’s a girl to do with apples?!?

The cooler temperatures and shorter days can only mean one thing…FALL is HERE! Which means apples and pumpkins are available for picking, eating, and cooking!

Growing up and living in apple country is a wonderful place to be this time of year. When an apple farmer offers you FREE apples, you say YES!

Apple Butter (19)

So, what’s a girl to do with a half bushel of apples?!? Make apple butter!

This is absolutely the easiest recipe you will ever find for apple butter. Canning simplified, or I couldn’t do it! 

If you do not have an apple-peeler-corer-slicer (like the one seen in the pic below), I highly recommend getting one before tackling a large basket of apples. You will work much quicker, and the slices are perfect for this recipe.


STEP 1
:  Peel, core, and slice apples. (Rome apples are recommended. Don’t really know why except that’s what my mom has always used…good cooking apple!) With this gadget only a thin layer of peeling is removed. Core comes out clean. Accordion style apple slices are ready for cooking. Of course you can do this by hand, just slice as thin as possible for even cooking.Apple stages


STEP 2
 :  Mix together 3 1/2 cups sugar, 3 teaspoons cinnamon, & 1 teaspoons ground cloves.  (This is enough for 1 large crock-pot. You will have to double or mix separate batches for more crock-pots.) Sugar steps


STEP 3
 :Layer sliced apples, sprinkle with sugar mixture, & repeat until crock-pot is full.
layers

*Special Note:  DO NOT ADD ANY WATER  (Apples are moist enough…trust me!)


STEP 4
 :  Cook on HIGH for approx. 6 hoursCrock pots

*Whisk until smooth, then you’re ready to can! (or EAT!) cooking progress


STEP 5
 :  Warm clean jars in the oven at 200 degrees for approx. 20-30 minutes before using. Bring lids and rings up to a steady boil in a pot on the stove. canning


STEP 6
 
:  Spoon your HOT apple butter into HOT jars and seal with HOT lids & rings.

Let sit and cool until the jars SEAL.  **If you can press the top of the lid and it makes a “popping” sound, then it’s NOT sealed. In this case just refrigerate and eat later.

*Sealed jars will last for at least a couple of years, but that’s never been the case in my house…we eat it all within the year! 🙂

*What you see here:  For me this made 12 pint jars, 1 jelly jar, and then a small Tupperware container of apple butter that wouldn’t complete a full jar, so we’re eating that now!

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*Shared with Growing Home on their Teach Me Tuesday! Be sure and check them out!

*Linked up with Women Living WellLivingWell

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