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Apple Butter - A Seasonal Favorite

A century ago, there were thousands of unique varieties of apples in the United States, but with the industrialization of  our agriculture we have decided to only focus on a few varieties of apples.  With the loss of biodiversity we have lost a lot of flavors, at least at the supermarket. The apple industry settled on a handful of varieties to promote and market. They became commercially extinct—but not quite biologically extinct.  You can still find a good variety at the farmer's markets and your local orchards.

One of my favorite fall traditions is to make apple butter.  Virginia is blessed with a pretty good variety of apples, and every fall I cook some down into apple butter to get me through the winter.

Makes 6 -8 pint jars

- Ingredients -

10 lbs of apples, cored and sliced ( you can mix and match a variety of apples, depending on the flavor profile you prefer, and softer apples cook down faster)
2 c brown sugar
1 1/2 c sugar
2 T ground cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1 t nutmeg
1/4 t ground cloves

- Tools - 
Weston Slow Cooker
Weston Professional Blender
Weston Canning kits

How To 

1) Core and slice apples
2) Toss with sugar and spices
3) Cook on low for ~12 hours in the slow cooker
4) Once the apples are soft, puree in batches in blender until smooth
5) Place back in slow cooker for a few more hours to let flavors caramelize
6) Apple butter will keep in the refrigerator for a month, and you can also can or freeze some to enjoy throughout the year.

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