Due to posts from melstra and velvetpage, I am attempting a fruited apple butter. It was going to be cranberry-apple, but my store didn't have any cranberries in stock. Teh Horrorz. So, I got 2 small bags of sweet black cherries. We'll give it a go, and see what happens.
I'm going with what melstra posted, using a boatload of apples (about equal amounts of Fuji and whatever it was that was $0.59/pound). and 2 small bags of frozen cherries. In a few minutes, I'm going to wash the apples and run them through a corer/slicer, toss them in the slow cooker, and mix in the cherries, once they're halved, and a cup of water.
I have plenty of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, and I'll probably also throw in a dash of salt, as well as sugar. I'll make those decisions tomorrow morning, after I evaluate the state of the goo.
The ultimate plan is to can the finished butter, to give as gifts this Christmas. I ordered a canning set, and I'll pick up a stock pot tomorrow, because I want to make sure it fits the rack. I'll also pick up jars with lids - I forgot them at the store today, when I got the apples. Oops.
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