On a lovely fall day a few weeks ago, my friends and I made a big batch of cider. I’m fascinated with preserving food by making booze. I find cider particularly interesting because after the prep, the yeast does all the work for you.
The traditional ratio for shrubs is one part sugar, one part vinegar and one part fruit. However, because apples are so sweet all on their own, when I’m working with them, I ease back on the sugar a little and increase the amount of fruit.
There’s apple butter on my ceiling. That’s the issue with making any kind of fruit butter on the stovetop. That’s the beauty, I learned while making a second batch, of apple butter in the slow cooker. It’s never hot enough to burble.