"It's like apple pie in a jar!" J said to me after he tasted my apple butter this morning. People, by now you know that I am all about the holidays & seasons. I am not afraid to celebrate & a change of weather or holiday is a perfect excuse. Fall is creeping up on us here in the desert now that the October heatwave is fading. Mornings are becoming more crisp & the evening sun sets more quickly these days.
One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to make my annual trip to Gilcrease Orchard back in Vegasland. I started this last year with Collin & my sister & we loved it. It was a little taste of Michigan right there in the desert. They have apple trees, pear trees & tons of other veggies & fruits to pick. Naturally, they have pumpkins there too. They also sell apple cider & cider donuts!
This year, Collin was hanging with his Daddy, so J & I went with just Aiden. Little dude was a pro at apple picking. He picked us eleven pounds of apples. Eleven pounds. Good thing I was raised with the know how to cook & bake because coming up with recipes for eleven pounds of apples was a cinch!
Sure, we had a few afternoons of sliced apples & peanut butter for a snack & of course I made an apple pie, but for the most part I knew exactly what to do with every single one of those apples: apple butter.
Before embarking on apple butter, know this: your entire house. Every crevice of your home. Will smell like fall. Cinnamon-y, nutmeg-y, apple-y fall. And you'll love it.
I received a few requests for my recipe after people saw my IG feed (hollysosa) fill with photos of diced up apples & a full crock pot, so I decided to share it here.