Monday, November 7, 2011
This recipe is "easy" but very time consuming. The end result is tons of delicious apple butter! The recipe is from a website with lots of good information. I will only include the basics in my blog post.
8-9 quarts applesauce - store bought or make your own
(I used 8 of those clear bags of apples that the grocery store puts together and got about 8 quarts) - do not use granny smith apples
Use an apple peeler corer slicer for the apples, then cut them into quarters
Fill an 8 quart stockpot with 1 inch of water and boil apple chunks until they are very soft (you’ll have to do this in 2 batches unless you have 2 stockpots going)
Once apples are soft, mush into applesauce. I used a foley food mill - love this because it pulls out any peel that slipped by. You can use a food processor, blender or potato masher. Add some cinnamon to taste
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
4 cups sugar
Fill your crock pot with as much applesauce as it will hold, I used a 6 qt crock pot. Add in all ingredients except only half of the sugar (2 cups) Place lid on crock pot at an angle allowing steam to escape.
Cook on low until reduced by half, this took about 24 hours for my crock pot. Add in remaining applesauce and sugar. Cook down for a few hours. I let it cook for about half a day.
Depending on how many apples you start with and how long you cook it down will determine how many quarts of apple butter you get in the end. I started with 8 quarts of applesauce and ended up with 5 quarts of apple butter.
Wash your jars and sit them in a stock pot with the lids in the pot but not on the jars. Boil them for 10 minutes to sterilize them. Pull the jars out with a jar grabber and the lids out with a magnet wand.
Use a funnel to fill the jars with the apple butter. Put lids on and put back in boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes to seal lids, depending on the size of your jars.
This kit has everything you need for canning, it’s great!