Monday, November 5, 2012

Apple Butter

We have had two full drawers of apples in the fridge since our trip to Asheville that needed to be used up before they went bad.  Truth is, freshly picked apples can last two months in the fridge before they even show signs of going bad but with Thanksgiving coming up, I'm going to need all of the fridge space I can get.

Since I don't eat apple sauce all that often, I decided to turn our bounty into apple butter (and a few jars of apple pie filling).  We picked an assorment of apples so I used them all except Granny Smith.  I saved those for the apple pie filling because they hold up better when baked.  They're also obviously not as sweet so they're not ideal for apple butter.

I've never made apple butter before but after reading approximately 20 recipes and watching a few videos, we got to peeling.  This apple peeler/slicer was about $20 at Target and worth every darn dollar.  It's so much easier than doing it all with a hand peeler.

After they were all peeled and sliced, I gave them a slice in half and then put them in a very large stock pot with about 2 cups of apple cider.  Cook them for about 30 minutes on medium until the apples are soft and then in small batches, give them a quick puree with the blender to make applesauce!

 Applesauce + sugar and spices + about 12 hours of cooking makes apple butter!

This smelled amazing! It smelled like Christmas in my house and I could not stop dipping my spoon in it for a taste.  You could easily just pour this into a jar and put it in your fridge for immediate use but I decided to can it so that I could give it out over the next two months.

These jars are the perfect size for gifting!

And I just think these little guys are so cute.  Great for sticking in a gift basket!

Apple Butter
about 15 apples
2 cups apple cider
3 cups of brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon
1.5 tsp allspice
1.5 tsp ground cloves

1. Peel and slice apples into small chunks.  Put in a large stock pot with apple cider and bring to a simmer.  Let apples cook for about 30 minutes until they're soft.
2. In small batches, run the apples through your blender (or use an immersion blender), until they're roughly pureed.  Put applesauce back in stock pot.
3. Mix your spices and sugar with your applesauce and over low, let the applesauce cook down until it reduces and thickens.  You can also put it into your crockpot and let it cook overnight (at least 8 hours) on low.  If it's not thick enough after 8 hours, remove the lid and let it cook for an additional hour or two until it's thickened up.  Taste it as it cooks and adjust the sugar and spices if you need to.


  1. This looks delicious! I kept saying I wanted to make apple butter and pick apples, but instead I've been lazy and bought apple butter from the local Amish. What a great gift idea!

  2. great gift idea! i wonder how well they'd ship out west? ;)i'm gonna see if i can talk Gramma into making this with me soon!

  3. YUM! My husband loves apple butter. Can you tell me about the gorgeous white plate in the first picture? I love it!!

  4. I made some earlier this month and left the skins on - it was actually really good.

  5. Okay, it's official. I think we could be twins because I was just thinking about doing this the other day but I don't know how to can. Maybe you can do a quick lesson on that?!

  6. I have been wanting to make apple butter. Thanks for the tip!

  7. That looks so good! Do you think that different apples would be better over others? For example, would Granny Smith be better than Gala/Jazz/Honeycrisp?

  8. These are so cute! I love apple butter, and I think the idea to give it away as Christmas gifts is fabulous! I'm going to have to try this recipe.

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  10. I am so glad you ended up making apple butter. I love doing this to use up apples from the orchard!

  11. You're making me hungry! The photos are beautiful, I'm sure not as tasty as the final product though!

  12. I've been wanting to make this for some Christmas gifts as well but canning always makes me nervous - I just need to bite the bullet and do it! That looks so yummy!

    1. Canning is nothing to be afraid of! I was very lucky to have Todd's parents show me how to do it this summer but it really is so much easier than it seems. As long as your jars are hot, what you're putting in them is hot, and your lids are hot- they'll seal!



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