I love the movie, Fiddler on the Roof. One of the lines underscores the point that the father is trying to teach his children… “Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as…a fiddler on the roof.” When we do things year after year, it brings a sense of comfort to us, but especially to children. It embeds memories, smells, sights and sounds into their minds.
I’ve overdone it on Bucket Lists in previous years. (Summer of 2015, I’m looking at you!) This fall, we are choosing just a few traditions we must make sure to do before the season slips away from us. I love to have traditions to look forward to celebrating with my family each season. It brings us together, look forward to and celebrate.
On Labor Day, we went Apple Picking. It was our first time actually picking the apples from the tree. Usually, we go to the farm and buy the bag of pre-picked apples because…we are really only there for the Apple Cider Doughnuts. 😉 (doughnut judge. ;))
We rode a wagon out to the field, picked the apples, ate until we were sick and then hopped back on to get our Apple Cider Doughnut fix. (p.s. The farm wants you to eat the apples before you pick them, to make sure you like them. They only ask you finish each apple you start, so there is no waste. Check with your farm on their field-eating policy. Maybe they will weigh you before and after you are in their field? ha!)
Do you know how to make your freshly picked apples last for months?
- Wash them in vinegar and water.
- Place them in a sealed plastic bag with a wet paper towel.
- Place in the moist produce drawer.
- They should last for 2-3 months!
- I like to have a mixture of 1/2 tart apples, 1/2 sweet apples. The combination makes it tasty!
- 5 lb Apples
- 1 cup Brown sugar
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 pinch Cloves, ground
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
- 2 dashes Salt
- Add the peeled, cored and cut apples into a 6-quart slow cooker. Add the brown sugar (make sure to break up any hard clumps with your fingers). Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 10 hours.
- After the apples have cooked, place them and any liquid that the apples made into a blender, cover with lid, and a towel on top of that (to prevent burns, in case the lid flies off). Hold the lid on while the blender is on. Pulse for about a minute, until very smooth.
- At this point if your apple butter isn't as thick as desired, pour it back into the slow cooker. Turn the slow cooker back to LOW, and leave the lid off. Stir every 15 minutes. Mine took about 45 more minutes to thicken to perfection.
- Put into containers and refrigerate. I personally will store in the fridge for no longer than a week, or in the freezer for a few months.
I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe!
What are your favorite Fall Bucket List items? I am putting together our list and would love some great ideas! Also, don’t forget to subscribe for lots of great recipes, resources and encouragement. You will receive an all-access pass to all of my past and future free printables. Don’t miss out, sign up right now!