Sink your teeth into fall!
At Heartland Weekend we’re sinking our teeth into fall.
One of fall’s sweetest treasures: the apple.
We took a trip to Murphysboro where apple time is a ripe tradition.
That is especially true at Mileur Orchard, a 150-year-old family farm.
With some help from Lisa Mileur, we turned apples into apple butter.
For many folks in Murphysboro, making apple butter is a family tradition.
“The thing I like most about apple butter is that history of the families getting together to make it, brings cherished memories that kids will carry with them for the rest of their life,” Mileur said.
In fact, the Mileur’s have a secret family recipe.
While Lisa wouldn’t share it with us, she did show us how to make crockpot apple butter.
Turns out, it’s actually very simple and tastes just as good as if you slaved over a hot kettle.
5 pounds of apples, 3/4 Johnathon and 1/4 Golden
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. cinnamon
A pinch of salt
Cut and core the apples into eighths. Lisa suggests you leave the skin on to give your apple butter that rich brown color.
Mix together all of the ingredients.
Put the mixture in the crockpot.
Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours. Lisa says over the course of the first two hours, it won’t look like much is happening. But like magic, it will eventually begin to simmer around the pot. Let it cook for one more hour as it simmers.
Store the apple butter in cans.
Your apple butter will taste 10x better if you use locally grown apples!
Stop at Mileur Orchard to pick up a bushel or two.