I’m not really sure how apple butter ended up on my list of things to do this year, but it’s on there, so I had to do it.
I remember my mother making apple butter when I was very young, but I haven’t had it in years and years. Then a while ago, I was in the organic foods section of a grocery store (I probably got lost) and saw a jar of apple butter, and the taste of it came back to me.
My slow cooker and I have recently become best friends, so I looked up a recipe for apple butter in a slow cooker. I found a recipe, that called for 22 hours of cooking time. It took me 4 days to complete my apple butter – it definitely could have taken less but I’m a really good procrastinator. Like, really, really good.
Does anything ever taste as good as when mom made it for you as a kid? This definitely didn’t. Because it was my first time making apple butter, and I hadn’t eaten it in over 20 years, I could not remember the level of sweetness or thickness apple butter is supposed to have. As a result, I have a pretty sweet, yet very flavourful, apple sauce. I’m still spreading it on toast (and homemade cornbread, which is a delicious combination), but I could have cooked it down much longer.
This challenge made me feel a little like my 101 year old aunt, who makes everything from scratch and is the most healthy person I know, both physically and mentally. (Although the family recently found out that the only water she consumes is the ice cubes in her daily martini.) I love making things from scratch, and finding something new was nice.
I underestimated how much apple butter I was actually making, and as a result I now have a freezer full of tiny containers of apple butter. So if you want some delicious, homemade, watery apple butter, please let me know.