Apple butter day is one of my favorite days of the year (just under Thanksgiving, really.) Getting together to prepare and eat great food is just about my favorite thing to do.
This year, our hosts celebrated H’s birthday with homemade banana pudding, which made it even more special. I don’t have pictures of the work before this point, but lot of prep work goes into this event. Sourcing, coring and cutting up apples, prepping the cook spot and food to feed the horde of helpers, etc. It’s so worth it, though. This is the best apple butter I’ve ever eaten. They use about 3-4 bushels of apples, 30 pounds of sugar, a small vial of cinnamon oil, and tons of old tobacco sticks to keep the fire consistently hot.
If you’re lucky enough to be in this part of the country in fall, we’re not the only people making apple butter. There are church groups, ruritan clubs, and farm stands all over the place that do it and if you’re lucky you can spot a sign somewhere. Don’t pass it up!