The Mister brought home two huge cases of apples
that were left over from a promotional event at work.
They were Red Delicious, which isn't our favorite eating
apple, so I thought I'd make apple butter with them.
It was on my Fall Fun To Do List, too!
Apple Butter just sounds like fall, doesn't it?
This was a really yummy recipe and we've enjoyed it on toast,
muffins, apple bread...even spread on a pumpkin pancakes!
I canned most of it, since I had so much to make.
22 lbs of apples made 24 half-pint jars!
I'm thinking they will make nice little Christmas gifts.
I made simple labels and attached them with double sided tape.
The little jars I got at Wal-mart.
They were the generic brand and very inexpensive.
I'm loving the color!
We had a business dinner to attend at the boss's home
this evening. I wrapped one up a little extra special to
take for a hostess gift.
The recipe I adapted from several I looked at online,
and this is what I came up with...
This recipe makes just 1/4 of the amount I made,
so it's a great amount if you're canning just for your family.
Betsy's Apple Butter
5.5 lbs apples, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped
1 c white sugar
1 c extra dark brown sugar
2 heaping t's of cinnamon
1/2 t ground cloves
1/2 t allspice
1/4 t salt
Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan.
Stir well. Bring to a boil over med high heat
and stir to combine until sugars are melted.
Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 8-10 hours,
stirring occasionally until mixture is thick and brown.
This can also be done in a crock pot.
Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
Puree in batches in a blender and return to heat.
Or a wand blender right in the pot would be great.
Simmer uncovered about 1 hour until a
spoonful on a saucer doesn't form a water ring.
Bring to rolling boil if canning and follow normal
At this point, it's ready for canning or to put in sterile
jars and refrigerate.