Here is the perfect way to make your house smell delicious on a cold and wet fall day. We went on a field trip last week to a farm where the boys got to pick pumpkins and fill a small bag with apples. The apples were fine but looked like they had seen better days.
The boys each brought home some green ones and some red ones, and we ended up with so many, I decided to use them for apple butter. This recipe is easy, and the results are yummy:
Crockpot Apple Butter
Peel and slice apples (I used about 12-15 small to medium) into crockpot or slow-cooker
Sprinkle over top--1 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. apple pie spice
Pour 1/2 cup apple juice over top.
Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours, then mash apples with potato masher, stir, re-cover, and cook for another hour or two.
Boil canning jars, rings, and lids, and then add apple butter mixture to hot jars, leaving about 1/2 inch at top. Put on lids and rings, and boil filled jars for 10 minutes to seal.