WHAT WE'RE CANNING? APPLE BUTTER - slow cooker method

Are you better financially than you were four years ago? I believe that most of us that aren't on welfare aren't. But if you're like me, I love to give my neighbors and friends homemade gifts. Canning is a great choice especially when you have something truly yummy to give!

5 1/2 lbs apples, peeled and chopped - I usually use Gala
4 C sugar
2 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t ground cloves
dash nutmeg
1/4 t salt
juice of 1 lemon

Mix in a crock pot. Place on High heat for 1 hour. Then on low heat for 14-16 hours, stirring occasionally. When it's the desired color, use a hand held blender to mix until smooth. You can freeze it, can it or keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
(Starting at top left): Apricot perserves with cherries, lemon rinds & pecans, Pickled garlic, Homemade rotel, Preserved beets, Sweet & Sour pickles, Pickled green beans, Pickled jalapenos, Blueberry poppers, Pickled cucumbers & carrots, Pickled carrots, Stevia sweetened apple butter, Apple butter, Butternut squash butter, Apple Pear butter, Pork n Beans, Acorn squash butter, Strawberry lemonade concentrate & Hatch Green Chili salsa


It's cranberry season. Costco has huge bags of them. 
This is the only way I'll eat cranberry sauce. I hate that processed stuff in the can!

1 C sugar
1 C orange juice
12 oz bag fresh cranberries

Dissolve sugar in orange juice over medium heat. Stir in cranberries. Cook until they pop, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. It will thicken as it cools in the refrigerator.