Thursday, August 26, 2010

When Life gives you Apples... Make Apple Butter


We are abundantly blessed.

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
       make known among the nations what he has done.  
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
       tell of all his wonderful acts.
~I Chronicles 16:8-9~

Not only have I been able to put up all the tomatoes that I told you about, I believe I mentioned the apples yet another friend gave us.
Today, I am pickling garlic, as well as canning up the last batch of apple butter. This batch is even bigger than the first, so I should have a good many pints filled up today.

The smell in the kitchen is not as lovely as yesterday.
Let me tell you, the smell of garlic and vinegar competing with apples, cloves and cinnamon is not a beautiful combination.
They both smell great in their own world, but mixing is not a pretty picture. haha

Alright... quit jabbering Chas... :)

I told you I had a SUPER easy, SUPER delicious recipe for apple butter.
Honestly, you will NEVER go back once you have tried this recipe.
It's that good.

Crockpot Apple Butter
6 cups Apples
3 cups Sugar

These spices are a mix that I like... now if you don't care for one or the other eliminate it! Or, add more of what you like. Just play, taste and find your favorite combination. :)
4 Tbsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Nutmeg
2 tsp. Cloves (I added that)
2-3 Tbsp. Vanilla ( I LOVE what this does for the flavor!)
Put all your apples in the bottom of your crockpot (I used my roaster because I made such a big batch), then sprinkle on the sugar and spices. Do not stir.
Cook on low all night and in the morning you are ready to puree or mash and jar up your butter.
Put your jars in a hot water bath for at least 15-20 minutes.  


It REALLY is that simple. And it is sooooo good. 
Another great thing is, if you get it on the night before and then it is ready for you in the morning... How wonderful would this warm apple butter be with a nice crunchy piece of toast and butter. YUM!

I was told by a friend of mine that you should leave the skin on your apples when making butter. I didn't because the skins of mine were not very good. But I will have to give that a go next time. She told me there is a great deal of pectin in the skin and it helps for the butter to set up once canned.
Thanks Kim! That is great advice! :)

I thank you for your visit and I really thank you most for your prayers. Shannon has been able to do a couple of odd jobs this week. Thankfully.
We are still very unsure of what the future holds for us... but, we KNOW who holds the future.
We know we are HIS children and that nothing happens to us that He doesn't allow. 
Please continue to pray if you don't mind. We are seeking God's will in the matter and we don't want to get anxious and jump ahead of His perfect time.
 "He trusts in the LORD;
       let the LORD rescue him.
       Let him deliver him,
       since he delights in him."
 
~Psalm 22:8~
Have a beautiful day friends... and I will leave you with a line from one of my favorite movies....
"I'm Blessed with work, Gracie"
             ~Carroll O'Conner in Return to Me~ 

3 comments :

  1. what amount of spices are you using?

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  2. That sounds delicious! I will definitely try it out. God Bless you for your strength and faith during this hard time. It is very hard to not get anxious, but reading His words always calms me down and reminds me to stop trying to take the reins! Your family is in my prayers. Have a blessed day!

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  3. Chas,
    Used your apple butter recipe last year. Oh my goodness is it super easy and delicious! Now I think of you each time I make toast or a sandwich.

    I leave the skins on for the nutrients, nice to know they serve another purpose as well!

    Have a blessed weekend!
    Brenda

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