With that many apples, I would certainly be making some good apple butter! I make sugar free fruit butters all the time. Love the intense fruit flavor without any preservatives, etc.
It's really simple to do really.
I take as many apple slices as I can fit onto a baking dish/tray (cored with peel) and bake them slowly for about an hour at about 350/180C.
Then, they come out all brown and soft, I let them cool for about 15 minutes and either put them through an old fashioned food mill (easiest) or press them through a metal sieve with a big spoon. This allows the pulp to come through, but not the peel.
Then, I season to taste with cinnamon, ground cloves, and freshly grated nutmeg. I use a ratio of 1 part cinnamon to 1/2 part nutmeg and 1/2 part cloves.
You could use any variation of that or add something else. Ginger works great with pear butter. :)
Normally, you do not need to add any sugar or sweetener. Then, I put the puree into a baking dish and bake for another hour.
This removes more moisture and intensifies the flavor and it becomes a lovely spread as it thickens (with cooling).
If I keep it in a sealed container, I can keep it at least a week in the fridge, but it usually doesn't last that long. :) People with canning skills could can it as well.
We spread it on toast and it makes a lovely snack that way. :) Not sure of the calories, but you really only use a spoonful at a time, unless you use it as a cake filling or something. :)
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Joan thank you for the freezing suggestion. I am also going to google apples and see what comes up.
I went camping this past weekend and made an awesome dish for dinner. Add browned boneless, skinless, fat removed 8 chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces to lightly sauteed diced, onion, garlic and ginger. Add a small bottle of Thai Chili Sauce and heat through. Serve with Jasmine rice and long green beans lightly sauteed in EVOO and diced onion, ginger and garlic. Quick and easy campfire dinner!! hugs
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I would have a large bowel of salt water, peal the apples and slice them into the salt water. When the bowel gets full lift the apples out of water and put into freezer bags. Put into freezer. When you want to use them, you only have to take out what you need. The salt water keeps them from turning brown. Joan
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I went apple picking with my family yesterday and have 1/2 bushel of apples! I made a pie for my husband and didn't even make a dent. I'm afraid to start making apple cakes, etc because I don't want to eat them!
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