The more canning I do, the more ideas I have for new batches. The above picture is jars of apple butter I recently processed for this year's fair. Since the recipe didn't specify which type of apples to use, I made two batches, one with green apples and one with red. I've given some to my friends to taste test and tell me which they like better.
My two crockpots with each variety cooking.
For this apple butter recipe, it called for cooking the apple butter in the slow cooker for 6 hours. This seemed to bring out the flavors and I love how it turned out. In total, I made 12 jars (1/2 pints) of apple butter.
Twelve jars of apple butter is too much for my family to go through, but luckily I've discovered that homemade jams or butters make great gifts. People appreciate receiving something that you put your time and effort into. It's a simple gift, but one that can mean much more because you made it yourself.
While the jars are beautiful in and of themselves, they are easy to dress up with a square of fabric and a ribbon. Tada!