I love apples. I try to eat one a day, if not more. Last weekend, we went up to Stuart’s Farm for a friend’s apple picking birthday party (genius!). After gathering about 50 pounds of apples with friends and consuming an amazing amount of cider donuts, we came home with 18.5 pounds of apples. What to do? First up, Lazy Apple Butter, which used to be featured on my first food blog “Combustication” and is up on the web no longer. This blast from the past was made by peeling, coring and chopping enough apples to completely fill a crockpot, adding about 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, a pinch of salt and a freshly ground teaspoon of cloves and a cinnamon stick. Add more or less sugar to your liking and let the crockpot do its thing for about 8 hours on low. If the apple butter is not dark enough or is still pretty thin, take off the lid and let it cook down on low for about an hour. Trust your judgement. If it tastes good and sticks to a spoon, can it!
This is pretty much the recipe and canning tips I followed. Came out with 1 half-pint, 4 pints, 1-16 oz jar and some left over! Holiday presents here we come!