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« on: October 21, 2008 09:48:02 AM »

We've been very busy this weekend making apple butter from our apple trees.

Here's the results.



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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2008 09:59:08 AM »

sigh....I love apple butter...one of my favorites..reminds me of when I was a kid.  My mom used to buy it all the time and slap it on some wonder bread...I can still remember the taste Grin
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2008 10:31:23 AM »

This is so neat! I'm taking my niece to go apple picking on Friday because I want to make apple butter.
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2008 10:57:59 AM »

I've got a great recipe, if you don't already have a favorite.
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why do i always click on the food?    Grin

Your apple butter looks delicious!!  OMG< I want some...  can you post the recipe? I'd love to give it a try...
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2008 11:44:21 AM »

I would love the recipe as well Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2008 11:45:46 AM »

Ok, here's the recipe.  I use whatever apples are available.  Sometimes, I use more than three different varieties of apples.  This year I am using five different varieties, red delicious, gold delicious, gala, pippen, and honey gold.  I also double the recipe.  Other than that, I follow this recipe very closely, and have never had a failed batch of apple butter.  Have fun!!

Apple butter recipe

2 lbs Rome beauty apples
2 lbs golden delicious apples
2 lbs tart, green pippen apples
1/2 cup cider
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Wash, peel, core and slice apples.  Combine apple slices and cider in a 6-quart pot.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  reduce heat to low temp.  Cover.  Stirring occasionally, simmer until apples are tender, about 20 minutes.(This can be adjusted accordingly.  You want the apples soft enough to go through the food mill.) Prepare apple mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth.(I use a food mill, the hand crank kind.)  Return apples to pot.  Add sugar, cinnamon, allspice and cloves.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Cover, cook until thick, stirring occasionally.

Wash six 1/2 pint or 3 pint jars in hot soapy water, and rinse well.  Keep hot until needed.  Prepare lids as manufacturer suggests.  Ladle hot apple butter into one hot jar at a time, leaving 1/4 inch of headroom.  Release trapped air with a knife or chopstick.  Wipe rim of jar with a clean, damp cloth.  Attach lids and rings.  Place in boiling water bath in canner for ten minutes.  Remove jars of apple butter to soft towel to cool.
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2008 11:53:36 AM »

Christmas gifts!!!   one question...how long do they last?  and the cider? what type of cider?
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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2008 11:59:43 AM »

i've never even heard of apple butter before!  thanks pinokeeo, i might have to give this a go!
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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2008 12:13:43 PM »

Christmas gifts!!!   one question...how long do they last?  and the cider? what type of cider?

I make apple butter only once every two years.  It will last about 3-5 years if you store it somewhere cool (about 50-60 degrees).  Not in the refrigerator though.  I make applesauce using the same recipe for a young man down the street who has severe disabilities and is on a restricted diet.  I make the applesauce without sugar, and can it in very small (4 oz) jars.  I just leave out all of the spices.  If you get a windfall of apples, can the applesauce.  Then you can use it to make apple butter any time you want.

As for the cider, I use whatever is cheapest.  Just don't use hard cider.  It doesn't set up for some reason.

And for Christmas gifts, you bet!  Tie a ribbon around it, or cross stitch a lid for the top and you're good to go.  When I give as gifts, I usually put a fancy labbel on it, with the date that it was made, what it is, and my name.  That way the recipient knows when to use it up.  Add it to a basket of crackers or biscuit mix, or whatever you want to do.  Have fun.
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