Apples, Apples, Apples!

September 26th, is Johnny Appleseed Day!

Johnny Appleseed was a very interesting person. From the various books I've read about him, he loved the Lord and was a circuit preacher besides planting apple trees across the country. They say he never carried a gun and made friends with the animals and Indians.

Here's a song that legend says Johnny Appleseed sang;

Oh, the Lord is good to me,
And so I thank the Lord,
For giving me the things I need,
The birds and the bees,
And the appletrees!
Oh, the Lord is good to me!

I love apples! I love the colors, the fragrance, the taste.
Doesn't everyone celebrate apples?

Here in Maine, you can go to a local orchard and pick your own Macintosh, Red Delicious, or Cortlands. There are usually some kind of apple tree in everyone's backyard. You may not know the type, but they are still good for cooking.

I used to join some friends at their grandparents' house each autumn to make cider. They'd take scrubby, wormy apples, grind them and squeeze them and make the most delicious drink...especially with thick molasses doughnuts!

My mother taught me to make applebutter. When we had to pinch every penny on a pastor's salary, my lunch consisted of a peanutbutter and applebutter sandwich on homemade bread everyday.


Wash, quarter about 20 apples
Simmer (in 1 cup of water)in a heavy pot, until they are soft
Process them through a food mill or sieve. (Kids love this part!)
Return to heavy pot. (cleaned)
Add 4 cups of sugar and 4 TBL. cinnamon. (or according to taste)
Simmer until mixture becomes thick and bubbly.
Spoon into canning jars and seal.

Find other things to do with Apples .

So, crunch into a juicy apple and CELEBRATE!


LauraLee Shaw said...

Oh my, am I hungry now. This is good stuff to know. I love apple butter, so THANK you for the recipe!

Dee Yoder said...

Well, you know that Amish people LOVE apple butter...I can't wait to try this recipe for Arlen. This post makes me want to go pick apples, Vonnie!


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