34. Apple Butter

Apple butter is a thing around here. It is not just cooked apples and spices in a jar. Apple butter is an event. A day when people sit around a cooking kettle all day and then line up to fill sterilized jars. There is food and drinks and firewood. I know of three “apple butter cooks” within a five-mile radius of each other within a three-week time-span. And we’ve only lived in the area five years! So I would venture a guess there are many more apple butter cooks going down that we don’t even know about between September and October. Today we attended one at a friend’s house. Next week, our next door neighbor is having one.

Apple Butter du jour

Apple Butter du jour

Today, when I snapped some shots of the kettle cooking one of the old timers said to me, “Hey! Don’t be sharing this secret recipe.” I laughed and said “I’m taking notes!” Well, I sort of am. I think one big secret is that everyone takes a turn stirring the kettle.

Everyone taking a turn!

Everyone taking a turn!

Well maybe not everyone took a turn. The “Spy” was happy to check out the sights beyond the kettle:

Checking out some serious firewood

Checking out some serious firewood

Boys

Boys

Good puppy

Good puppy

When I stirred the kettle, someone remarked that I needed a beer in my left hand, while I stirred with my right hand. To get the balance right. Hahahaaha. The recipe? The one from today involved four bushels of apples (peeled, cored and sliced), spices, spices in a spice bag and about 7 hours in a cast iron pot over a wood fire. Finally, sterilizing jars and lids and then a flurry of filling:

Quickly filling the jars

Quickly filling the jars

Pipin' hot!

Pipin’ hot!

A coordinated frenzy of filling!

A coordinated frenzy of filling!

Dexie (our golden retriever puppy) had fun meeting a big chocolate lab, a boxer-mix and my neighbor’s three Jack Russell terriers.

Lilly, one of the Jack Russell’s

Lilly, one of the Jack Russell’s

Lilly and Dexie discuss apple butter

Lilly and Dexie discuss apple butter

Baby’s favorite are the chickens:

Cluck cluck!

Cluck cluck!

When the cops showed up I thought it might be time to call it a night.

Then I realized he was just there for the fun. (Trying to start the go-cart)

Then I realized he was just there for the fun. (Trying to start the go-cart) HAhaha

So I enjoyed a few more sights:

Colorful treeline

Colorful treeline

BIG sunflowers

BIG sunflowers

Six Pack in Progress AHAHHAHAhahhaha

Six Pack in Progress AHAHHAHAhahhaha

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