Apple Butter Recipe

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Apple butter is a thicker and spicier version of applesauce. It is great on toast, crackers, cornbread, pancakes, or even over ice cream. This tasty apple butter recipe is just one of many apple recipes that you can make this fall when apples are plentiful.
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  • 4 pounds apples -mix several varieties, if possible
  • 1 cup apple cider or water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 lemon (optional)
Container:large pans, half-pint jars with lids suitable for canning
30 mins
45 mins
  • If you will be canning the apple butter, get suitable jars, lids and rings ready. In a large pot or water bath canner, cover jars with water and boil 10 minutes. Turn off heat.
  • Place the lids in a small pan and cover them with water. Bring the water to a full boil and then turn the heat off. Leave the lids in the water until ready to place on the jars.
  • Peel, core, and cut up the apples. Combine with the cider or water and cook until the apples are soft.
  • Add sugar, salt, spices, and if using, the juice and zest from a lemon.
  • Continue to cook over low heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking until the mixture is very thick. (Test by scooping up a heaping spoonful. The mixture should keep its rounded shape and not flatten out.)
  • To process: using tongs, remove a jar from the hot water, fill it to 1/2 inch from the top with apple butter, wipe the rim clean and retrieve a lid from the hot water.
  • Put the lid on, screw on a ring just until snug. Return the filled jar to the pan of hot water. Continue until all jars are filled and/or the butter is gone.
  • Return the pan of filled jars to the stove. Add more hot water if necessary to completely cover jars, then cover the pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes.
  • Allow to cool somewhat (or completely); carefully remove jars to a dry surface. Cool completely before removing sealing rings. Check for seals following lid manufacturer's instructions. Freeze any that don't seal or refrigerate and use within a week.
  • If you don't want to bother with canning, just freeze the apple butter in quantities that you can use within a week. Remove from freezer as needed and allow to thaw in the refrigerator.
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bberg User
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"A lot of work but well worth it! It is so yummy and we now have a nice supply to enjoy all winter."
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"I can't wait to make this when the apples are ready! I plan on using Haralson's since they are tart and my favorites!"
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"I love this site for the "old home" comfort food recipes. This one definately reminds me of home. They sell apple butter in high-end niche stores now....great gift idea."
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