We hit our two favorite apple trees on base this week (why are we the only ones who see them for their true and yummy potential??...not that we're complaining or anything) and the kids help me fill four big buckets with apples. We've done some really fun things with them this year. We dried a bunch (Tony's favorite), we made a bunch of apple butter (so yummy) and then last week, I did about 10 quarts of applesauce using this recipe, which is my favorite way.
But this year, I have a cool new toy. Making applesauce is pretty tedious and last year I only made abut 6 quarts using a Foley mill, and those didn't last very long. So this year, I invested in a food grinder attachment for my KitchenAid. Worth.Every.Penny. I ended up with 10 quarts in about 3 hours last Thursday. And the best part?? My dad bought my KitchenAid for me after he found out that I really wanted one, but had never bought one. He even helped me pick out the color. So every time I use it, I think of him.
I think maybe that is the best part of the gift.
4 pounds cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced (about 12 cups)
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup water
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. ground allspice
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
Place apple slices into a 4 quart crock pot. Stir in sugar, water, vinegar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice ands nutmeg. Cover and cook on high setting for 5-6 hours. Stir and cool. Ladle apple butter into small canning jars, seal and label. Store in fridge for 3 weeks or freeze for up to a year.
Have a good week!