We truly love giving (and receiving) homemade gifts…especially from the produce department. DIY gifts are the best kind, especially when they’re edible. They’re so much more personal, and no one can resist a sweet treat from family and friends. We have a perfect Slow Cooker Apple Butter recipe that is simple to make and even easier to give (the perfect DIY)! And the best part is that we are using The Produce Moms and Applewood Fresh bagged apples to give a gift of flavor and love!
What is Apple Butter?
Despite the name, there is no butter in Apple Butter! It is not a combination of apples and butter, and the only thing that it has in common with regular butter is its spreadability. Then what is apple butter? In essence, it is a concentrated applesauce. Apple butter is a combination of apples and “warming” spices. With our slow cooker recipe, it cooks for 10-12 hours which gets out more water. This allows the apple butter to caramelize and intensify the apple flavor.
Serving and Using Apple Butter
The obvious and most common use for apple butter is to spread it on toast, bagels or biscuits. But we challenge you to think outside the box. Apple butter is also the perfect spread for any of your charcuterie boards. It pairs well with many fruits, cheeses and crackers. You can also stir it in your oatmeal or top your pancakes and waffles with a spoonful of added flavor. You can also swirl it in muffins or cupcakes for a little added sweetness. You can even use it when baking chicken or pork!
Apple Butter Makes the Perfect Gift
Apple butter is so versatile and makes a perfect gift for all of those who love a little DIY! This slow cooker recipe will make enough for 4-6 jars. You can easily give some to those you love and keep a jar or two for your own family. If you want to do even more, you can make a fruit gift basket and include a jar of homemade apple butter. You can also make a quick bread and give them as a pair. However you decide to gift the apple butter, we know it will be a holiday hit!
While the apple butter is in the slow cooker, you can print off a FREE downloadable activity for the entire family. It is simple and fun! Who will be the first to create their Santa based on the roll of the dice? Make it a fun competition, and when you are done you can showcase your pictures around the house!
The Produce Moms and Applewood Fresh Present Nature’s Perfect Snack
With our partners at Applewood Fresh, we’ve brought you an easy way to enjoy Nature’s Perfect Snack with resealable, travel-ready bags of Applewood Fresh apples! Our innovative apple bags are a versatile way to add more apples to your diet. With 3- and 5-pound options, you’ll be able to buy the right amount of apples for any occasion. The bags are both breathable and resealable so if your kids don’t eat them all at once, just save them for later. They’re perfect for road trips, after-school practices, homeschool snacks, or weekend baking fun!
Taste testers find Michigan apples to be juicy, crunchy, and full of flavor. That’s thanks to the state’s nutrient-dense soil. Today, a climate regulated by the Great Lakes helps the state’s 825 orchards grow incredible apples. Get your mittens on some Applewood Fresh Michigan apples today.
Virtual Field Trip to Michigan Apple Orchards
Apples are Nature’s Perfect Snack… but how do they get from nature to your kitchen? Turn snack time into an orchard adventure with our free lesson plans, which you can also access using the QR code printed on every bag. With Applewood Fresh, you can take your kids on a virtual field trip!
No matter what part of the country you’re in, you’ll be able to “travel” to Michigan apple orchards and learn how apples are grown and harvested. Perfect for both in-school and virtual classrooms, these lesson plans fulfill national academic standards from pre-kindergarten through third grade.
Apple, Wine and Cheese Pairing Guide
It is well known that wine + cheese go hand-in-hand. But, get ready to add apples to the mix. We believe that there is no going back to just wine and cheese pairings once you incorporate apples. We are so passionate about these pairings that we worked with Applewood Fresh to create a resource with some of our favorite apple, cheese and wine pairings.
Apples are great to serve with wine and cheese. They favor the flavor profile of the wine while contrasting the saltiness of the cheese. We hope you are excited as we were to learn which apple varieties complement each wine and cheese pairing.
We understand that it might seem overwhelming to decide which apple variety to choose for which wine & cheese pairing. But, by the end of this eBook, you will be selecting an amazing trio of flavors – we promise!