Last year we went to Applefest in Weston, MO where I waited a half hour to purchase a pint off fresh, hot apple butter. Oh, how disappointed I was when I got home and tasted it. The nutmeg was overpowering! I'm not a big fan of nutmeg. I prefer cinnamon with my apples. I vowed that I would make my own next time. Well, Applefest is just around the corner and I won't have to buy any nutmeg-laden apple butter, because...I made my own! (Though mine has very little nutmeg!)
Half the fun was picking the apples ourselves at our favorite local orchard. Apple picking is a yearly family tradition.
Only the Galas were open for picking that day. They were kind of ugly since most had split open, but they made great applesauce and apple butter, so who cares what they looked like before?
I used a recipe my friend found online (with only half the nutmeg called for) that used up the apple peels from making apple sauce. It made more than I expected...12 pints! I only had 10 pint jars, so I dumped the rest into a quart jar and threw it in the fridge. I've been eating it on toast every morning. YUM!
These will make wonderful Christmas presents for Hubby's co-workers and some people at church. (What? You didn't think I'd eat it all by myself, did you?)