Photo courtesy of Vickie Chynoweth

Photo courtesy of Vickie Chynoweth

Well-fed at the Federal Way Farmers Market: Cran-Apple Butter

Join in on an apple-theme scavenger hunt this weekend at the market (ages 12 and under)

You’re invited to a scavenger hunt at the Federal Way Farmers Market this Saturday.

Apple season is upon us and the market has many varieties of crisp, sweet and colorful apples.

An apple-themed scavenger hunt for kids ages 12 and under will take place Saturday, Sept. 26. Fun prizes await for those who participate (while supply lasts).

Visit the market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday through October and pick up ingredients needed for the recipe below.

The Federal Way Farmers Market is located in the Commons mall parking lot at 1701 S. 320th St. in Federal Way.

Cran-Apple Butter

By Vickie Chynoweth


2 pounds of Honeycrisp apples (or other sweet apple)

2 cinnamon sticks

1 single 11.5-ounce frozen cranberry juice concentrate

1 cup water

1/2 pound of red beets

16 ounces of honey


Place all ingredients in a Crock-Pot, except for the honey.

Cut apples into quarters and remove seeds and stem. No need to peel apples. Peel and thinly slice beets.

Add thawed frozen cranberry juice concentrate, one cup of water and two cinnamon sticks. Cover, then turn the Crock-Pot on high for 3 hours.

Remove cinnamon sticks. Puree with a hand blender, blender or food processor. Fruit and juice is hot, so be careful when transferring from Crock-Pot to blender.

Once pureed, return back to Crock-Pot and add honey, mixing well. Leave the lid off the Crock-Pot and cook for 2.5 to 3 hours on high, stirring and scrapping sides occasionally, until desired consistency.

Pour into jars and refrigerate or freeze. Recipe makes about four cups.

Serving suggestions: on toast, ice cream, mix in yogurt, sauce for chicken, baked on pork, use instead of plum sauce.

This versatile Cran-Apple Butter goes well with both sweet and savory dishes. Enjoy!

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