The Zarb Homestead

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How To Make Apple Butter In a Crock Pot August 20, 2012


I went to visit my Mom and Dad this weekend in Loudon. I don’t get out there as much as I like but I try to go at least once a month and stay for the day. My mother had just went to the Amish farm that morning and had gotten a little too much and decided to give me some of the extra. Well, knowing good and well I can’t eat 4 pounds of apples, a box full of tomatoes, and about 7 pounds of sweet potatoes, I had to find some way of using it all before it went bad. Thus, I had to learn the art of canning!

Yes canning, like your grandmother use to do. I had no clue where to start so of course I went to my go-to source, Mr. Google. There I found recipes for all my vegetables and the fruits and decided to spend my Sunday learning how to can. I started with an easy recipes for apple butter that you can make in a Crock Pot. I don’t know if apple butter is poplar everywhere in America but in the south this is a staple pantry product and one of my favorites. Anyways, I thought I would share this easy recipe and please note you DO NOT have to can the apple butter. You can make it and stick in the fridge. Just eat it soon, enjoy!

  • Approximately 3 lb. apples (I did around 4 pounds)
  • 3 cups sugar (you can sub 1 cup of sugar for 1 cup honey if you like your butter a little less sweet)
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves (I did not have cloves so I just left them out and it turned out great)
  • Dash of salt
  • 3/4 cup water or fresh apple cider

 

First: Fill Crock-pot 3/4 full with peeled, cored and sliced apples.

I have this apple peeler my mother-in-law gave me that worked out great for this project. It peels and can core and spiral cut the apples all at once but I just used it to peel them this time.

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After peeled cut up into small pieces.

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Fill up your slow-cooker with apples

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Add all the spices and stir. Let this cook for about 8 hours or overnight on low. If apple butter has too much liquid, remove lid and cook on high until thickened. Stir often as butter thickens to prevent scorching.

When mine was finished I ran it the blender because I still had quite a few clumps. Worked great and tasted delicious.

On a side note: Making this makes your house smell wonderful!

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If You Want To Can The Apple Butter

Get your jars ready: I soaked the lids and jars in a hot water bath for about 15 mintues

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Then place them on a cooling rack to dry.

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Fill your jars with 1/4 head room that the top for expansion and fingertip tighten the lids. Place jars into boiling water for about 10 minutes. Remove and  let cool and tighten lids. You should hear some popping when the jars are sealed. If you have some that do not pop simply place in the fridge and enjoy it now verses later.  Apple butter can be stored in refrigerator for up to 6 weeks and in the freezer for longer storage.

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Project 365: Week 38 July 15, 2012


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Amish farm finds

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Really hot peppers

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These are from MY Garden. My first picks of the summer! They could be my children, cause I am so proud of them.

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Playing pool at a local craft beer place. Really liked it there.

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Mr. Mal and his snack.

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This is my newest baby my Orion Skyquest Reflector telescope.

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My finds at the Earthbound Trading Company

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Brushing up on my Astronomy.

 

How to Make Homemade Butter July 2, 2012


I went to the Amish farm and picked up a gallon of Milk. FYI this is raw milk fresh milk.

I let it set in the refrigerator for about 2 days until I could see a clear line between the cream and the milk. You also can use cream from the store.

I basted the cream off the top and put it into a medium bowl.

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Let the cream set out until it is about 60 – 62 degrees.

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Place into a blender and blend about 5 minutes. You should start to see lumps and motor will start to bog down.

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Wait about 1-2 minutes to let the butter rise to the top. Scoop off the butter and place in small container.

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Rinse well with water and you will have your butter! You may also add a bit of salt for taste.

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The milk that is left is buttermilk. I keep mine to make biscuits or pancakes later.

 

Project 365: Week 34 June 19, 2012


Sorry I am a bit late on this post. With Fathers day I just didn’t find the time. Better late than never I guess.

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Having drinks and playing pool at Barley’s

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cute 😉

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My friend and I went to the Amish Farm

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My anniversary card

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How sweet

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Our new bonsai tree

Went and saw That’s My Boy for Fathers day. Very funny movie but a little but dirty. Everyone loved it.