I knew I could make apple sauce with some of them...but what about the other 25 pounds? Time for a few experiments...
First up, apple butter. Oh and here's the kicker....I've never eaten apple butter. Didn't even know what it should look like, but it sure sounded good, and I could bust out the water bath canner and practice with it as well. I found a great and very easy recipe from One Acre Homestead.
Crockpot Apple Butter
Put 3 quarts of apples, sliced thin in a crock pot and cook overnight on high. Next morning add 2 tsp cinnamon, 3 cups of sugar and 1/2 tsp cloves. Cook all day on low. Tastes like old fashioned apple butter cooked in a copper kettle.
Sounds great, eh? Off to the kitchen I go....first problem...how many apples in a quart? Back to the computer. Apparently there are 4 large or 8 medium apples to a quart. Problem solved.
I cut up 25 Gala apples, which filled my crock pot to the gills, turned her up on high at 2:30 pm and six hours later....added the sugar and cinnamon (no cloves for me thanks) and set it on low for the night.
By 7:30 am, it was looking dark, thick and rich and smelled like heaven. I firmly believe that heaven smells like cinnamon...know what I'm saying? Mmmmmm
Re-read my canning instructions for apple products and dove right in.
I turned out 8 - 1 cup jars of this super delicious treat!
I will definitely do up another couple batches of this...it disappears fast!
Next up....dehydrated apple rings.