Happy September! For me September means the Fall festivities begin! I seen my local produce stand started getting in all different types of apples, and it inspired me to cook and can some apple butter to use through fall and winter. I love apple butter, but once you make homemade apple butter you’ll never want to buy store bought again. I think it has to do with the fresh apples giving it such a strong apple taste that makes it so wonderful! This recipe was seriously so simple and you can make it on the stove top or a croc pot! Here is how I did it…
What You’ll Need
- Apples of your choice
- Pack of Red Hot candies
- Cans (if canning)
- Large pot (if canning)
How I did it
To start off I picked the apples I wanted to use for my apple butter. You can use any kind you’d like, but I recommend using Wolf River apples. These apples are so good to cook with, and they are sweet with a little tang. These apples will also cook faster, because they are a softer variety of apple. After I went to my produce stand and got a peck of these apples, I started peeling and coring. This took a lot less time than what I had expected. I sat on the porch and peeled and cored the whole peck for around 20 minutes. While I was doing this I done turned on my croc pot on high, and put around 2 cups of water in the bottom. (If you choose to use the stove top it takes a lot less time, but it will scorch easy if you do not keep the heat on low and stir.) Once I was done peeling and coring, I took my apples and threw them in the pot. (Don’t worry about filling the croc pot too high, they will cook down. If the lid doesn’t fit right away cover with foil.) I let them cook down stirring occasionally, if you don’t want to keep stirring to avoid scorching turn the croc pot to low. When cook to desired texture ( I like mine kinda chunky) I added in desired sugar, Red Hots, and nutmeg. I used a small pack of Red Hots, a lot of sugar, and a sprinkle of nutmeg (you can add cinnamon if the Red Hots aren’t enough). I let the candies melt and thats it for the apple butter part!
I’m not going to include my step by step on how I caned the apple butter, but I used the hot water bath method. I also canned in 1/2 pint jars, so I would have enough for gift giving, even though it made so much more than what I had expected.
This makes the perfect gift, or to keep for yourself. I am going to do a little bit of both. Keep an eye out on my blog for even more festive recipes and crafts in the following months. Also, let me know how you celebrated the first day of September!