Amy's Apple Butter
15 apples, peeled, cored, cut into small pieces **
3 cups of sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp salt
**You can use any type of sweet apple for this. I've used Gala, Jonagold and Red Delicious in the past and they all turned out delicious.
How to make apple butter with a toddler:
Peel and core apples. Wish you had bought an apple/peeler/corer/slicer from Pampered Chef. You were a consultant, for crying out loud!!! You DEFINITELY should have invested in this.
Find sippy cup. Fill with milk. Turn on cartoons and return to apples. Chop apples. LOTS of apples. Chop so many apples you begin to wish you had never gone to the apple butter festival and decided "Hey, that's not so hard. I can do that. I can make LOTS of apple butter." Wish you had never even seen an apple in your life. Continue chopping apples. Finish chopping apples and place in two crock pots.
Find missing puzzle piece. Watch little one work puzzle 3 times. Return to apples. Watch as toddler climbs up on bar stool so he can "help".
And helping himself to some apples.
Add orange juice, sugar, salt, cinnamon and cloves.
Clean up kitchen while sweet little apple-filled toddler plays cars under your feet.
Put toddler to bed and then put yourself to bed because it's been a LONG day!
During the night, cook down apples until thick and reduced by half.
In the morning, feed toddler breakfast. While he's busy in his highchair, blend apples and juice in several batches in your blender because you do not have a fancy schmancy immersion blender. Pray that Santa reads your blog and brings you an apple/peeler/corer/slicer and an immersion blender for Christmas so you never have to do this much work to make apple butter again.
Remove toddler from highchair. Wash his hands and then your hands and then help him find something to do. Return to kitchen. Ladle apple butter into hot, sterilized jars. (Thank goodness for the dishwasher w/the heated dry cycle!)
Process in hot water bath for 20 minutes.
During this, play cars, sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, read Goodnight Moon and change diaper. Remove jars from canner and allow to cool. Congratulations! You've just spent approximately $25 and the better part of two days making 7 pints of apple butter. Taste finished product and realize you must have only added 2 of the three cups of sugar. Scream. A lot. Decide if people love you they'll eat the danged apple butter and love it or at least pretty please do not tell you it needs more sugar. :)
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Amy's Apple Butter