We went apple picking with the youngest four munchkins at a local orchard. We got half a bushel of empires and half a bushel of mcouns. My youngest daughter and I made most of the empires into apple butter and most of the mcouns(the ones that didn't get eaten fresh) were turned into pie filling and put in the freezer. The apple butter was pretty easy to make, just very time consuming as it has to be on the stove for quite awhile and be stirred constantly. We made two batches, a normal, follow the recipe batch, and then a darker, our own creation batch(with brown sugar and fresh maple syrup). We only did 12 jars in total, which I figure will last about 2 months if I'm lucky. My 6yr old, who does not like jelly is in love with the stuff and now is requesting peanut butter and apple butter sandwhiches!
Here is the recipe we followed.... Simply Recipes