There are a few different thing you can use your apples for. We decided to make pie filling and apple butter with ours. One of our Gardener’s (Mr. Harold Cornett) brought us a bushel of apples from a tree in his back yard. He is a long time gardener, and been with us for 3 years now. A very knowledgable, and nice man.
Teea and myself had been saying we wanted to make some apple butter. So when the apples showed up here, that’s just what we did.
Now you need to know that when making something with apples, you don’t want to use the sweet apples you go buy at the grocery store. You want to use the not so sweet ones that you normally wouldn’t like to eat.
We first washed, peeled, and cored the apples. This takes a little while, but is well worth the finished product. With help from a few different hands, it goes by quickly. Once all the apples are sliced you can put them in your sterilized jars. In a medium pot put your ingredients; white sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cornstarch, lemon juice, and water. bring to a boil. Then reduce your heat and simmer until your syrup becomes as thick as you would like it. Now pour over your apples in the jars. This might get a bit messy, so once filled clean the top ring and put on your lids. and water-bath for 10 minutes.
APPLE PIE FILLING!
Now for the Apple Butter. Pretty much the same as apple pie filling. Just a few different ingredients. Clean, peel, and core. Then slice and in a crock pot put all the ingredients; white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, salt and apple cider. Cook on low heat in crock pot over nite. Approxamently 12 to 14 hours. If for some reason your apples are not mush or look like dark apple sauce, you can put them in a blender to finish the process, so that you have a smooth liqiudy product. I like my apple butter thick, so i can eat it on bread in place of jelly. So we put ours on the stove, and simmered for about 30 minutes. But be careful not to scorch!
At this point, fill your half-pint jars. Put on lids, and water-bath for 10 minutes.
The rest of our apples we plan to freeze, that way when Mr. Riley decides to be nice and cook us breakfast. They will be here for us to have some fried apples. He makes them very well. Yes, he can cook! Getting him to is a task n it’s self. We like giving him grief over it. As many of you know he is a man of many traits, Cooking is another to add to the things Mr. Riley can do well!
Have a Blessed Day!!!