Sunday, October 17, 2010

Apple Picking and Making Apple Butter

One of the fun Fall activities that I can now take part in since I'm living in the north is apple picking.  Amy and I visited Solebury Orchards in New Hope, PA.  We picked stayman winesap, melrose, and pinata apples.  We also bought apple cider and delicious cider doughnuts.
Amy and Grace at Solebury Orchards
Amy picking our first apple, a Stayman Winesap.
Stayman Winesap Apples on the tree
Pinata Apples
Melrose Apples
Cider, Doughnuts, and Pumpkins
Amy with her favorite pumpkin
Grace with a pumpkin... yes we were the only adults playing in the pumpkin patch
We plan to eat the melrose and pinata apples for snacks, but the Stayman Winesap apples are supposed to be good for cooking, so we decided to make apple butter and can it!  When I find a new hobby, I get obsessed with it, so for a while, everything will be going into jars.

Apple Butter
6 pounds apples (cored, peeled, and chopped)
2 cups apple cider (ours was purchased at Solebury Orchards)
1.5 cups honey
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves

Cook the apples and apple cider for about 2 hours.  Blend in batches and add back to the pot.  Add the honey and spices. Cook for another half hour or so.  Can in prepared jars.

Apples peeled with Amy's apple corer/peeler
Apple butter cooking down after it was processed in the blender
Apple Butter!


  1. Apple Cider is the one treat I really miss living in Florida. Everything we get here has been pasteurized and most of the solids filtered out. Apple Cider and fresh hot doughnuts served at the cider mill are the best.

  2. Your last picture should read "Apple Butter" not Pumpkin Butter.

  3. Oops! I've got pumpkins on the brain :) Thanks for catching it dad.

  4. Such a fun day! Can't wait to try the apple butter :)


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