Monday, October 03, 2011

Lazy Blender Apple Butter

I'm trying to make a dent in the medium-sized pile of apples I have in my kitchen. I have a peeler-corer-slicer which is great for some things like dried apple slices, but for this batch of apple butter I decided to try something even easier. All the vitamins are in the peels, right?

First I cut up the apples. My "lazy" way of doing this is to cut off one side, avoiding the core. Then cut off 3 more slices, leaving a rectangular core. I took a few bites off each core and then fed the rest to the chickens.
Next I blended up these chunks in the Vitamix blender. I had about 10 cups of the blended mixture.
I added 1/2 c. of sugar, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves. Then I turned the crock pot on high and placed the lid on sideways so steam could escape.

My kitchen smells amazing and I've snooped a few spoonfuls that tasted great. I will update tomorrow with the finished results!

Finished product: I left the crock pot on high for about 4 hours, and then on low for about 4 hours, stirring occasionally. By this time it was about half the volume of when I started. I plan to freeze some and keep some in the fridge. Maybe next time I will try making a larger batch and canning it!

Now to keep at that pile of apples...we are about to eat German Apple Pancake for breakfast!

4 comments:

Janet said...

I've done this before and it is so yummy. Does your recipe say to put it in plastic containers, after cooling? I put mine in glass canning jars, NOT the plastic containers my recipe called for; to me it taste better. Sure enjoy reading your post, you're so creative and "interesting". OK that just sounds weird but I think you know what I mean. You have an intersting life.

Angela K said...

Yummy! That sounds delicious. Do you think this is a recipe that could be preserved with hot-water-bath canning or better for instant eating?

Hannah said...

I am sure it could be eaten right away or frozen.

I based the spices ratio on a recipe from
http://www.pickyourown.org/applebutter.htm

which has instructions for water-bath canning. It also stated that the sugar was for taste and not preservation, so I reduced the sugar without worrying about causing it to spoil. If I try canning it I will let you know, but it wouldn't be for a few months if we knew if there were any problems!

Heather said...

I think we have the same crock pot! I wish mine was full of apple butter :)