Let me set the scene: there were apples everywhere! My kitchen floor had at least three bushels of apples stacked just waiting to be cooked! It’s the perfect time of the year to start making apple butter and applesauce. In my kitchen, then, there were about three to four varieties just awaiting the kettle, and I will recommend them to you as well.
I try and use a variety of different apples in my apple butter recipe. The careful combination helps meld the flavors of each apple to make it even more satisfying to the palate. Braeburn, Cortland, Jonathanand McIntosh were the choice of apples for this year’s recipe.
Each apple brings a little something that adds a powerful punch to the mixture, which is another reason for using such a variety of apples for the apple butter. I feel that a carefully-selected variety is the contributing factor to a flavorful recipe.
The Braeburn is a tart, hard apple that is great for eating, baking, pie-making and sauces. The Cortland is somewhat sweet with a hint of tartness and is great for the same cooking purposes. The Jonathan is spicy, juicy, sweet-tart all-purpose cooking apple. The McIntosh is a tart, crisp apple that is a great apple for eating, pie making and sauces.
I usually don’t add a lot of sugar to my recipes because I like people to be able to experience that taste ‘like you just bit into a tart, crisp apple with spice and sugar as an added touch.’ My favorite way to eat apple butter is on a fresh, hot waffle because the butter fills each little square and then I can dig in. It isn’t calorie free, but it sure is scrumptious!
The apples are always purchased locally and this year’s crop came from Blue Jay Orchard. One of the many reasons for choosing Blue Jay Orchard is because they’re the only orchard that grows the Franklin apple. His apple is a cross between a McIntosh and a Red Delicious. The unique combination makes the applesauce naturally sweet, which means no sugar is necessary for the recipe.
Until next time…
For more information:
About the different uses for apples in Ohio
Where to find Ohio apples