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.
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. :)