A bit of a dent was made in the remaining 15 kilos of apples today and I might even do something a bit crazy tomorrow and go back to buy more. Yep, apple fever is here.
Last night I put a big batch of apples in my slow cooker before bed and this morning I bottled up (then water bathed) four jars of apple butter, or as I've been referring to it this afternoon - liquid gold. Hooly dooly, this stuff is good amazing! Three jars will be popped aside for Christmas gifts and the final one is already open and being devoured on everything. Well, so far on a batch of pikelets and some fresh bread. I predict it will be super yummy on scones too.
I'm also envisaging a lot more apple butter in my future....
There was some apple preserving happening too - six big jars full - and they'll be stored away for autumn crumble, pies and cakes. Because I hadn't used the water bath in so long, it was a bit of a juggle to peel/core the apples, blanch the apples, wash the jars, load everything in and get them in the water bath. Towards the end of the process I felt like I was finally getting it together though, so hopefully my second round of apple preserving won't be so tricky.
The kitchen was pretty much a disaster zone for most of the day - envisage my other bench completely covered too.
Tomorrow I hope to bottle up another stack of apples and I've also been searching the internet madly for a fabulous apple jam or apple paste recipe. I'd love to know what your favourite thing is to do with apples? Do you preserve, bake or just eat them fresh? If you know of a 'must try' recipe, I'd love to hear of it too.