Friday, December 30, 2011

Apple Butter

8 lbs. apples ($3.25)
2 lbs. pears ($1.75)
2 C. water (free)
2 T. lemon juice ($.05)
2 T. cinnamon ($.25)
1/2 T. nutmeg ($.15)
2 C. brown sugar ($.25)

Peel and core apples and pears. Chop fruit into small pieces. Add fruit, lemon juice, and water to a large pot and bring to a simmer. Add spices. Let fruit simmer over medium-low heat for 30-45 minutes, add sugar and simmer for another 15-20 minutes. Fruit mixture should be reduced by nearly half. Cool and store in airtight containers in the fridge or can using the same method as applesauce canning.

Yields = 5-7 pints
Cost: $4.70
Cost per pint: $.78

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