Monday, July 26, 2010

Apples - At Last!

13 years ago, I planted a "Transparent" apple tree. I have never yet done any spraying to prevent insect damage or disease. The tree, up until this year, would only make a few little nobbly pathetic apples. But this year, I have a REAL harvest! I picked up the more decent ones from the ground. Here they are!

Now they are in the sink, being washed and I am cutting out the bad parts:

I filled a 2 gallon pot with little pieces of apples (WHY is blogger underlining my typed words??)

Here are all the little things I cut off of the apples. That will go in the compost pile.

I put 2 cups of apple juice in the pan, and simmered it all until the apples were tender. Now, I will put them through the Foley Food Mill:

Here is all that was left in the mill:

Now, all the apple sauce goes into my crock-pot. I added 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

I leave off the lid, set the Crock Pot on "low" and cover it with a cloth. I let it cook for about 12 hours, I think. It would depend on the moisture content of your apples.

I stirred the contents occasionally, but not at night. Here is the result! Lovely, delicious, apple butter:

Then I filled canning jars to within 1/2 inch of the rim, put on the caps and water-bath processed them for 15 minutes.

I am very happy!


  1. Congrats on the harvest..the end result looks yummy!

  2. YUM! We have about 24 apple trees and never spray them and we have had a few good years for apples, but this won't be one of them:(

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  4. Thank you tberry29! Oh, Carmen, that's too bad. I need to study up on how and what and when to spray. I am vaguely aware that a "dormant oil spray" would be beneficial and doesn't have to be toxic, so I guess I'll look into that first.

  5. How wonderful you are able to make your own apple butter from your own apples. Is this your first time making apple butter?

  6. CarmenV, no, I've been making apple butter for a long time. Only one other year did I have my own apples though. When our children were still at home, and I needed a lot more, I would cook it in my water bath canner (open, of course) in the oven set at 250. The procedure was the same, though. I've never used a recipe. I just put in what I like and hope for the best. So far, it has never failed me.

  7. Looks so good! I'd love to just eat one of the apples right off of the tree, yum!

  8. Well, you know where I live!! :)

  9. Lovely pictures! You don't waste anything do you!

  10. I try not to, Sarah. But some does go to waste since there's only one of me. :)


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