We've had a pile of apples steadily growing on our kitchen counter for a few weeks now. Despite attempts to eat an apple a day, the pile was still there looming and growing larger. So we went over to Bed Bath & Beyond and bought ourselves a crock pot! Crock pot + too many apples = apple butter solution! And Katie gets to make up songs about apple butter to the tune of Apple Bottom Jeans and Kenny gets to try to ignore her lunacy.
We drew inspiration for this recipe from a blog I think is a must-read, VeganYumYum. Even if you have no interest in veganism, you should still check it out for the absolutely gorgeous photos.
5 1/2 lbs apples, peeled
2 cups sugar
2-3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
Peel and core the apples. Puree roughly in a food processor. Add apples and remaining ingredients to your crock pot. The recipes we found online say to cook on high for 1 hour, then on low for 8-10 hours. We actually cooked it high for one hour, low for 15 hours. You will know it's done when its volume is reduced in half and a wooden spoon will stand straight up in the pot. Let it cool and ladle it into jars. Makes almost 4 quarts of apple butter. Apple butter will keep refrigerated for 2 months.
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