After Sunday's Orchard trip we had a 1/2 Bushel of apples. That means we have more than enough to make some Apple Butter!!! If you have a crock pot it's the easiest thing in the world to make. Well, maybe not THE EASIEST but it it is easy.
All I did was use my apple slicer/corer to cut up an assortment of the apples and filled my crockpot.
Then I added the lid and put it on high for about 4 hours - stirring twice and adding cinnamon about halfway through.
After 4 hours the apples were pretty broken down and it was EASY to smooth them out with the immersion blender. Then I just turned the heat off and let it cool with the lid off.
At that point it was just as thick as I like it. If you like yours thicker then just leave it on low with the lid off.
See, it pretty much sticks to the spoon! Just right. :)
Starting off with a full crockpot of apples I got 3 Bell Jars worth of "butter". Two went in the freezer.
The other went in the fridge and I'm doing my best to keep my hands off it. :)
We also got a pie pumpkin at the orchard so I set about cooking that up too!
It's pretty much as straight forward as the apple butter.
Cut in half...
Scoop out (and save) seeds...
Place face down in a dish with about a 1/4" of water & bake at 350 for about 45 minutes....
Until it's easy to pierce with a fork...
Remove from oven & dish and let cool so you don't burn yourself. :)
Once cool, scoop out the flesh and put in a blender...
And then blend it until it's as smooth as you like it.
Jar it and freeze what you'd like. :)
The seeds were cleaned up...
I poured the seeds into a pan of salted water and threw away the pulp that was removed.
The water was brought to a boil and the seeds simmered for about 10 minutes. Then I drained them and spread them on a cookie sheet, sprayed them with some Olive Oil and a light salting and baked them at 350 for 10 minutes, gave them a stir and baked them for another 10 - until they were nice and crispy, but not burnt.
As for the actual meals yesterday, I had a lot of salad - out of pure laziness. :)
Into a bowl I dumped some spinach, tomato, red pepper, carrots, avocado chickpeas, broccoli, nutritional yeast, ground flax seed and balsamic vinaigrette.
For dinner I had almost the exact same salad along with corn on the cob and some sweet potato chips.