Applesauce and Apple Butter 2015

I had some family in town so I figured why not put them to work!  Apples were at a great price locally, so I picked up 30 pounds of a mix of gala, pink lady, braeburn, macintosh, and honeycrisps.

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My process for making applesauce and butter is documented in previous posts.

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One big difference from last year’s efforts was my new crock pot.  I bought a bigger fancier one at a black Friday sale last year and hadn’t done apple butter in it till now.  It is a quart or two larger than my last and the settings seem to be a lot hotter than my old crock pot.  The apple butter was easily cooked down by the next day and a fairly full pot yielded a little over 13 half-pint jars.  My canner can only hold 13, so all is right with the world.

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The 30ish pounds of apples gave me 9 pints of sauce and 13 half-pints of butter.  In reality I could probably fill another jar of each, but those are the limits of my canner.  The remainder always goes in the fridge and gets eaten in short order.

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