Apple season brings forth many delicious recipes and this is a good one. My daughter-in-law, Shaina, makes apple butter every year and it’s one of my favorite treats. She always goes the extra mile and decorates the jars with a cute little ribbon, making it perfect for gift giving.
Spiced Autumn Apple Butter
-8lbs of apples
-2 cups cider vinegar
-2 cups apple juice
-Colander/food strainer/food mill
-2 ¼ cups white sugar
-2 ¼ cups dark brown sugar
-2 TBSP cinnamon
-1 TBSP ground allspice
-1 TBSP ground cloves
-8 sterilized pint jars and lids
-Water bath canner
- Wash, peel, core, and cut apples. Combine apples, vinegar, and juice in a large saucepan. Simmer until soft (approx. 15 minutes).
- Run soft apples (should resemble chunky applesauce) through a food mill to even out texture. Return to the saucepan or crockpot and add sugars and spices.
- For saucepan- cook on low heat for 4 to 5 hours, stirring often. For crockpot- cook on low heat uncovered for 7 to 8 hours, stirring often.
- To test for doneness, place a spoonful of the apple butter on a plate. If liquid does NOT separate out at the edges, it is done. Remove from heat.
- Pour apple butter into sterilized jars and process.