October 3, 2010

Applesauce to Apple Butter

My DH truly loves apple butter, so how can I say no to his request that we make this seasonal favorite?! I can make it less tedious though, by using the crock-pot and if you haven't tried it, I hope you will. If you have one of those cookbooks that comes with a crock-pot, you will likely find a recipe in your book. If not, here is a link to a site that gives some good basic instructions.

I started with 2 quarts of applesauce that I made the day before and added some apple cider, since my crock-pot recipe indicated a wetter applesauce as a base. The proportions suggested were these:

for each pint of applesauce, add 1 C of sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon,
1/2 tsp. allspice, and 1/2 tsp. ground cloves

I was a little reluctant to add so much sugar and added only 3/4 of what was called for. After letting it cook for a while, I tasted it and realized that it did need the rest of the sugar. I also used part brown sugar and part white sugar. There's a lot of variation in the seasoning too, so you'll have to decide what you like. After a long cooking process - 8 hours on high - the spices for us were just right.

One of the tips I picked up was to place a splatter shield over the crock-pot once you reach the point of leaving the lid off in order to concentrate the apple butter. Saved a lot of sticky clean-up!

And here's the final reward of all the cooking and stirring! In addition to these 7 half-pints, we also had another small bowl of apple butter that we "tested" with dinner that night! Instead of processing the apple butter in the water bath canner, I decided to use my new favorite freezer jars. Much easier, but we'll have to see how the consistency compares once we thaw one out. And I have to admit that I do love the traditional look of those cute glass jars... My mother always told me I was born in the wrong century!

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  1. I love apple butter too but never knew how it was made or what exactly was in it. Thanks!

  2. You're welcome, and sorry it took so long to publish this, but we're on the road!

  3. I have never had apple butter before. Is it like butter? Do you put it on bread?

  4. Apple butter is a thick spread that's kind of like condensed, spicy apple sauce. You do put it on bread, rolls, biscuits, pancakes, etc. So, so good! You can try that when you come for tatsoi!!

  5. I can just imagine how wonderful this must smell like while you're making them.I saw your blog from the foodie blog roll and I like what you have here.if you won't mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the apple butter widget at the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!