My MIL recently put my husband's childhood home on the market. It quickly went into escrow, but before the deal closed, I made one last trip over and stripped her two apple trees clean of fruit for myself and a friend.
The little man and I collected about 30 pounds of apples that day(!!), 21 of which made their way back to our house where I made them into apple butter and sauce.
Most of the apples had been attacked, in some way, by a bore worm, so I had to painstakingly cut away all the effected areas...but the girls out back got the benefits:
As far as I'm concerned, all things *apple* are relatively easy to make so long as you have a Squeezo Stainer. No peeling, coring or seeding necessary. Just cook your fruit down and pass it through the Squeezo for quick and easy separation. (Woo-hoo! Now you'll have more time for folding laundry...or unloading the dishwasher...bon-bons?)
After the Squeezo, I take the apple sauce, mix it with sugar and spice, and slow cook it overnight until it is the right consistency.
Apple Butter makes the best gifts during the fall and holiday months!
Go here to see my apple butter post from last year: How You Like Them Apples?!