Saturday, October 13, 2012

Football and Apples

Have I mentioned it's football season?

Because it is.

Today we spent all day at the football field. All day. It was the league's homecoming where the cheerleaders perform a dance and crown an princess from each team. It was fun and the kids had a blast (I did too.) They drew names from each team out of a hat to see who would be crowned princess. My daughter's name happened to get picked, yay!

My son was able to escort her and it was the cutest thing. Ever.

I was hoping to get to a local apple orchard today after the festivities and the game, but, well, that didn't happened. By the time we were done, it was close to four, and the orchard was closing soon.

I do have some apples frozen from last year's picking that I am hoping will taste okay when I make apple butter with them tonight.

We love apple butter in this home and it also makes a really great, easy Christmas gift, as well as a yummy addition to toast.

I recently made applesauce, but apple butter is different than applesauce. Would you like to know how? I'll tell you.

Applesauce is typically just apples and water (though sugar and cinnamon are sometimes added) that have been cooked down. Applesauce can be made rather quickly and can be frozen or canned (I prefer it canned though).

Apple butter, while it is cooked down the same way as applesauce, it cooks for much, much longer so the apples are all completely broken down and have caramelized, making a thicker consistency. Cinnamon and nutmeg are almost always used as well as lots of sugar. We use apple butter on toast and biscuits in our home, whereas with the applesauce we just eat it out of a bowl.

Apple butter can be made in a crockpot overnight. It can be done in a heavy pot on the stove, but you have to watch it more carefully with that method as the apples can burn on the bottom and therefore stick the bottom.

Well, I have my applesauce, now it's time for apple butter! And hopefully a trip to the orchard is in the near future.

We had a great day as a family spent at the football field, now I am looking forward to capping off the evening with some good ole fashioned apple butter. :)

Happy fall ya'll.

~ Sarah ~

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