Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Feeling Crabby

My son has been helping at the farm these past two months.
I have been nagging suggesting that he pick some of the crab apples before he finishes up his duties.

He presented me with a box full when he returned.

They filled my sink.
I washed and cored them....not because you have to but because I wanted to make sure there were no creepy crawlies lurking inside.
(I did not find any)

After almost 3 hours roasting on a low heat in my oven,
I separated the skins from the pulp.

Since I was going to be gone most of the evening, I decided to test out the Crock-pot method of making Apple Butter.
I added sugar, cinnamon, cloves and allspice to taste.

The directions said to raise the lid off the Crock-pot to allow the excess moisture to escape.
(I used chop sticks)

Simmer on low until the apples become thick....then add more sugar if needed.
Stir occasionally.

It took about 8 hours.

(sorry about the dark photos)

And since I just happened to come across 12 half pint jars and lids new in the box at the Goodwill the day before the apples arrived....

I processed the jars for 15 minutes in a boiling water bath.

Now I think some warm bread is in order.  :)


Terry said...

Oh my...I think I can smell the apples cooking from here! It looks yummy! :0)

Taryn Kae Wilson said...

Hello Sheila!

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I recognize the tool you have to squish the apples through. We've used it for grapes etc. before.
Thanks for sharing your method.

I've always wondered about crock pot apple butter. Will try it one of these days.

Love, Taryn