- Box of apples
Tools Needed: Pot, Wooden Spoon, Food Mill, Second Pot, Crock Pot, Jars/lids/rings, Hot Water Bath Canner.
Born and raised in Washington State and I have never made my own apple butter! Shocking, I know. I grew up eating it, but it was my Grandmother who made it for us and she was in California. (Apples grow really well here in WA!). Well, this was the year to make it myself. Even though I’ve been crazy busy with work and home chores, I decided to try it out.
I basically starting by making applesauce. I rinsed and chopped a lot of apples. These are green and sour, from my aunt’s tree, so we aren’t sure what variety, but I’m guessing Granny Smith or King. I cooked them down in a pot with some water for an hour, stirring every few minutes. Once softened, I put through my food mill.
I put the 8 cups of applesauce into the crock pot on low with one cup of sugar and one teaspoon of cinnamon. Sprinkled in some cloves and allspice and gave it all a stir. Put the lid on crookedly so that moisture could escape and went to sleep. It cooked for 10 hours.
In the morning it had lost about 2 inches of water and was very thick like a jam.
When I was ready to can it I put it into 6 hot, sanitized pint or half pint jars (some of each size) and processed them for 10 minutes. Removed the jars from hot water and let it rest on the counter for 24 hours.
Apple butter is used as a spread, like jams or jellies. My recipe is a bit sour. You can add more sugar or another sweetener. Some recipes also add a cup of apple cider to intensify the apple flavor, before cooking down to a thick spread.