Gardening is something you learn by doing---and by making mistakes....
Like Cooking, Gardening is a constant process of experimentation, repeating the successes and throwing out the failures.
Carol Stocker

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Apple Butter

I love Apple Butter....this is a great recipe, it takes a little time but ohhh so worth it!!

Apple Butter

4 lbs Apples
1 C Cider Vinegar
2 C Water
1/2 C Sugar for every 1 C of pulp (about 4 cups)
2 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Cloves
1/2 Tsp Allspice

Cut apples into chunks, the smaller the faster they will cook, do not core or peel.
Put apples, vinegar and water into a large pot bring to a boil and cook down until the apples are very tender....about 30-45 mn.

When apples are tender put them through a food mill or sieve, removing peel and seeds and squeezing out the pulp.  Measure pulp by the cup and put into a large pot (the larger the pot the faster apples will cook..)
To pulp add 1/2 Cup Sugar to every 1 cup of pulp.  Add Spices.  Taste pulp and add more spices to suit your taste.

Cook on medium heat stirring constantly to prevent burning for 1-2 hours.  You can cook on low stirring occasionally, but this will take longer.  When the pulp is thick and  (won't run when put on a cold plate or spoon) it's ready.

To can and store the Apple Butter fill hot sterilized jelly jars with pulp, use 1/4 inch head space and a 10 minute water bath.  Makes about 3-4 pints.   Follow these   CANNING INSTRUCTIONS  for details on how to do the canning process.

Or, you can store in the refrigerator for up to a month.

This was the only picture I 5 year old was helping me....wanting to do EVERYTHING, so I was a little frazzled and had such a mess I  forgot all about the camera!  There is always next time!

Cooking down apples

1 comment:

  1. I make this every year. It is a pleasant memory from my childhood so it sweetens life as well as my toast:-). I am new to your blog and found my way here by chance. I've done some browsing through your earlier posts and will definitely be back. I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary



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