Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Apple Butter

Another one of my fall favorites is apple butter. Growing up it was a staple, especially in the autumn when the apples were in season. If you ever get the chance to make this, please do, because it is so delicious and unique a spread. And it's fat free! The "butter" just refers to its spreadable consistancy like peanut butter. If you'd like to read more of my musings on this wonderful stuff, read about it on my homesteading blog HERE.

Apple Butter*

6 pounds tart cooking apples, cored and quartered (18 cups) (I also like to use different types of apples to give it a more complex flavor.)
6 cups apple cider or apple juice (If you can, use apple cider - the non-see through kind usually only available when in season. Cider just has a richer flavor.)
3 cups sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground allspice

1. In an 8 or 10-quart kettle or large pot, combine apples and cider or juice. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover; simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Press through a food mill. (You should have about 13 cups pulp.)

2. Return pulp to kettle. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 2 hours or till very thick, stirring often.

3. Spoon hot apple butter into hot, sterilized pint or half-pint jars, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace. Adjust lids. Process in boiling-water canner for 5 minutes. Allow to cool. Once opened, keep refrigerated.

Makes about 8 half-pints.

1 comment:

Clair said...

Wow,18 cups! It's so worth it though. I'll do it!

Except I don't have a food mill. Bummer.