How to make it

  • Cut apples into eighths (no need to peel or core them), and put them in the bottom of a large, heavy pot. Cover with apple cider, bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer until the apples are mushy.
  • Run the apples through a food mill to remove the peels and seeds, then dump back into the pot with the juices. Add the sugar, bring to a boil again, then put on the lowest heat and simmer. Stir every half hour or so for the first couple of hours. As it thickens, stir it more frequently. When the apple butter is the proper, spreadable consistency, flavor liberally with cinnamon, cloves, and allspice.
  • Can as you would jelly.

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  • dualhamb 8 years ago
    Mouth watering for Apple Butter. Coulddn't wait. Grabbed some sweetened apple sause from the frige, poured 1/2 " deep in a pyrex quart weasuring bowl, added a little cinimon and started cooking in a micro-wave, checking every 20-30 sec. til it turned tan and thickened. Took it out and stired a little to increase the surface area so it would dry more as it cooled. When just warm it was a thick spreadable paste. It wasen't bad. Anybody else tried that?
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  • tamieoldham 9 years ago
    I agree--it's tough to find good apple butter. The stuff you buy in the grocery store is terrible. I'm lucky enough to live in apple country and the school I work at has an FFA group that makes great apple butter.

    My father-in-law used to make it in the kettle over a wood fire, but hasn't for several years. He made some last winter using the slow cooker. I'll have to give this recipe a try and maybe I'll pass it on to father in law. Thanks for sharing. I hope everyone tries it to see how much better this is than the grocery store variety.
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  • juliecake 10 years ago
    I've never made apple butter but am very fond of it. Can this be made by just peeling and seeding the apples? I don't have a food mill either. Thanks.
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  • zena824 10 years ago
    I grew up on apple butter....this sounds delicious..
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    " It was excellent "
    notyourmomma ate it and said...
    I remember stirring an iron pot over a wood fire with my Great Aunt Mabel, making apple butter. I'll never forget my first forage in her apple orchard in West Virginia and that sneaky taste of the forbidden fruit...a thoroughly unripe green apple. Aunt Mabel and Uncle Estin laughed over my pinched face for weeks. She made the best apple butter and it was always made outside over a wood fire and she would swear the ashes made the apple butter better. What a memory. Thanks for the post.
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  • tnacndn 10 years ago
    I have never had to make apple butter because here in the South it is in all the grocery stores. This recipe however sounds really good but I do not have a food mill.
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