I want to make this a separate post on apple butter for two reasons. First, a lot of people visit this site because it pops up on a search engine. We’ve gotten a lot of searches for the term “apple butter” and we want to make sure that folks FIND a recipe. Second, in our initial post, we speculated that apple butter isn’t quite worth the work. We’ve gotten some great comments on that post (DO take the time to read them; they’re GREAT ideas and memories of making apple butter) from readers that I’d like to bring to your attention. And we are leaning towards changing our ideas about apple butter…
This is Barb’s Apple Butter recipe:
- 18 c. apples
- 1 c. cider vinegar
- 5 c. apple juice into large canning kettle
Boil apples until mushy. Send mush through the mill. Return the resulting sauce to large pan.
- 4 c. sugar,
- 3 t. cinnamon
- 1 1/2 t. cloves
- 1 1/2 t. allspice
Cook this sauce for hours and hours and hours….until it’s VERY thick. Stir often and be very careful not to let it get too actively bubbly or it will spit EXTREMELY hot apple butter onto innocent bystanders. This step takes HOURS!
Sterilize lids and rings. Ladle hot apple butter into clean pint or half-pint jars. Water bath apple butter for 12 minutes.
This apple butter was delicious on toast this morning. I’m not positive that we did it perfectly or exactly right, but all the jars sealed, it tastes fabulous, and we’re happy with it! It’s definitely I’ll try again, especially with free apples.
I mentioned in the last post that it’s possible that the TYPE of pan you cook the apple butter in might be important. (Here’s what I wrote: An odd thing happened with our apple butter. We cooked down one of the pots of apple butter in a less-than-well-cured cast iron dutch oven. Somehow the vinegar and sugars and apple juices all reacted with the cast iron. The apple butter LOOKS fine and tastes great, but it gave us all blue teeth and blue lips! We’re trying to figure out what exactly happened there. The closest we’ve come so far is a discovery by Laura’s husband of a “recipe” for making blue ink using iron acetate, vinegar and tea. That might be a Clue. Any chemists out there?)