Monday, September 17, 2012

The Great Crabapple Harvest - Apple Butter Edition

Well that was a dangerous little adventure!

Having never made apple butter before, I had no idea that when trying to bring the apple pulp to a boil it actually turns in to a spitting, hissing pot of molten lava. I burned my hand (not serious) and almost got some in my eye (considering safety glasses in the kitchen now). Also, having never made apple butter before, I had no idea what it was supposed to look like or how it was supposed to "behave". I just followed the recipe and will hope for the best. It just looks like applesauce to me (which I suppose it is). I still have some apple pulp left... not sure if I want to brave the lava again or if I'll just sweeten it a little and freeze it for apple sauce. My Mom used to make crabapple sauce when we were kids and I like the tartness of it.

The Great Crabapple Harvest

I haven't done a lot of canning the past few years. There was that brief teaching experience last year, when I taught my boyfriend how to can oranges and make marmalade, but other than that it's been quite some time.

So, when I was visiting my Mom and saw her tree drooping under the wait of all those red apples I knew I had to get to work this year! We picked 3 large, reusable shopping bags full (this is only two, but, trust me, there was a third):

Out of the first bag I got 13 half pints and 3 other jars (not sure of the size) of jelly:

I don't think there is anything prettier than jars of crabapple jelly in the sun!

My plans for the rest of the first bag are for crabapple butter. I've never made it before, so it will be a new experience. I'm also looking for new recipes to try with the other two bags. I'm going to try some spiced whole apples, some chutney and some liqueur. Wish me luck!