It was fall break here last week, a much anticipated and deserved break for my daughters who teach. We spent a few days getting into the season- crafting, shopping, lunch out at one of our favorite spots to eat in Utica Square, a fall hike and finally making apple butter! It was our first attempt and the results if we do say so were delish!
First, we picked apples from our orchard....(aka the grocery store)
Next we had a peel-a-thon of those apples, a mixture of Gala and Jonathans.
We used the crockpot method of cooking them and added sugar, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
They cooked all day long as we went about our business and gave the house the most heavenly aroma. Fall had arrived! Too bad this isn't a scratch-n-sniff post!
After 10 hours in the crockpot we blended batches in the blender as I do not have a handheld immersion blender which would have done the trick.
The jars and lids had been sterilized and were ready to be filled. Next came the water bath for 15 minutes. Once they came out we heard the "ting ting" of the lids, evidence that they were sealed.
I snuck a taste as the butter went from pot to jar and it was sweet and spicy!
Autumn in a jar!