Farmer’s Market Fun

On Saturday while members of Team SFMC were at South Riding, LivingFirst Blog contributor, Adrianna was at the Fairfax Farmers Market.  Not only were there several farmers selling their produce, but there were many different local shops and small businesses with tables.

Next weekend, there will not be a farmers market because the City of Fairfax will be hosting it’s Fall Festival.

Homemade Apple Butter

photo via eatingrichly.com

photo via eatingrichly.com

Fall is in full swing and what better way to enjoy the season than to cook with seasonal fruits and veggies.

Apples are a fall staple so what better way to utilize them while they’re in-season than to turn them into a spread and put it on everything?

The trick to this easy recipe is to use a crock pot!

Homemade Apple Butter

makes 3-5 pints

Ingredients

25-30 apples
2-4 tsp cinnamon
1/4-1/2 tsp allspice
1/2-1 tsp ground cloves
2-4 cups sugar

Instructions

Core and slice apples, dumping the slices into the crockpot as you go.  Stop prepping apples when the crockpot is full (just save the remaining apples for later).

Add 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp allspice, 1/2 tsp cloves and 2 cups of sugar.  Mix well and put the crock pot on low for 10 hours.  Feel free to stir when you walk by!

After 10 hours, core and slice more apples to fill the crockpot.  Dump the new apple slices into what’s already cooked down.  Mix well.  Cook another 10 hours on low.

Repeat the process of adding more apples, mix, set the crockpot for another 10 hours.

Taste test your apple butter and add more cinnamon, allspice, cloves and sugar to your taste.  I usually add the same amount I did the first time, although sometimes I only add one more cup of sugar, depends on how sweet the apples are.

After it’s gone a good 30-40 hours, use an immersion blender to puree it.  (You could probably put through food mill or blender too). Continue cooking until it’s the thickness that you want.  If it’s not cooking down enough vent the lid a little.  If it gets too thick, add some water or apple juice.

When it’s the consistency you want, you can either can it or put it in mason jars using a “waterbath method.”