Fall is upon us, which means that you will probably go apple picking at some point, which means that you will probably wind up with 50 extra apples taking up way too much space in your kitchen. The answer to this problem is apple butter.
There are a lot of reasons to love this sweet spread. If you live in a part of the world where the leaves will soon fall off the trees, and it will start getting dark at 4 p.m., then apple butter will stay waiting in your fridge throughout the cold, reminding you of the days of sweater weather and fresh fruit.
And if you live in a part of the world where scorching hot weather persists all year long, then still, might I recommend apple butter? It has a way of transporting you into that cozy “fall” feeling, regardless of the weather outside.
Here’s how I know that apple butter is one of the ultimate comfort foods. Once, when I was in my early 20s, I dated a horrible guy — as one does. I went all the way to California to be with this guy, and I met his mother and everything. Before I went home, his mother gifted me a jar of apple butter, which she’d made from scratch.
Soon after, I realized that the horrible guy was horrible, and he broke my heart. But you know what? I still savored the heck out of that apple butter. It was an excellent consolation prize.
Relatedly, I do believe that the best apple butter is homemade, even if it’s by your crappy ex-boyfriend’s mom. But until this attempt, I’d never actually made my own before. Turning a whole fruit into a jarred product screams “crafty chef” to me, which is one thing I absolutely am not.
But I do like a challenge, and if I can even come close to that magical jar of post-breakup apple butter, it’ll have been worth it.
This is how I fared!