Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dishing It Up Recipe Hop: Slow Cooker Recipes--All Day Apple Butter


We all have them....those apples that have gotten dropped or bruised and they have a mushy brown spot and no one wants to eat them.

What do you do with those?  Do you throw them out?  That's what my family tries to do, but I say NO!

This week as I was cleaning out my produce drawer, I found a lot of apples like this, and pears as well, that kept getting pushed aside instead of selected and eaten, so I decided that I would peel them, slice them (removing the offending spots, of course!), and toss them into the crockpot for the day.

The outakes

This is only my second attempt at this recipe, and the first time I left the peels on, and it did not come out nearly so yummy.  That's what my laziness got me.  This peels....delicious!

I started with this recipe from Taste of Home: Freezer Pleasers (it's my all time favorite freezer cookbook and very much on sale at the time I'm typing this!!)

Ingredients (as written in the book):
5 1/2 lbs apples   peeled and finely chopped
4 cups of sugar  (it does say to adjust sugar to taste depending on type of apple)
2-3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt

Put it all in the crockpot.  Cook on high for 1 hour and then on low for 9 hours.  (Personally, I add a bit of water for fear it will scorch, and then I cook on high for about 4 hours and then on low uncovered for another 1-2 to let the extra water cook off.)

Ready to start cooking.

What I did:
I used what I had on hand that I knew wouldn't be eaten.  That included apples and very sweet and juicy pears, and I do not believe I had a full 5 lbs, maybe 3-4.  I used only 1 cup of sugar, and thought they turned out plenty sweet enough.  I also did not have any cloves, so I left them out (still delicious!)

I've already had several slices of buttered toast slathered with this, and it was delectable!  Also, since it comes from a freezer cookbook, that means it freezes well.  I divided it up into small portions for the freezer, also.

Please check out the other slow cooker meals from my friends at Thrifty Texas Penny, Pary Moppins, Deals From MS Do, The Happy Lil Homemaker, Mama's Money TreeEating With Mimi, 20SomethingSaver, and Dearly Domestic listed below.  If you have a slow cooker meal, link up!  Please add our button to your post to help spread the word!


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