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Apple Butter

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I made my first batch of apple butter this morning. I LOVE apple butter. I had never had it before I met Justin. His mom makes it. I’ve been hooked ever since. This recipe is from Justin’s mom. Very good. I used the apples they gave us and cider they made from their apples too. I wasn’t sure exactly how much it would make. I ended up doing 2 pints and 7 half pints. Plus a little extra to go in the fridge (maybe 1/4 pint).

Apple Butter

4 1/2 qts. apples, peeled, corred and sliced (I used 16 or 17 LARGE apples)
1 qt. water
1 qt. apple cider
3 cups sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. cloves

Cook apples with water until soft (5-10 min.). Press through sieve (I used my food mill on the finest setting). Add cider and sugar. Bring to boil. Cook on low until thick (a/b 3 hours). Add spices. Process 10 min. in boiling water. Makes 4 1/2 – 5 1/2 pints.


  1. Sara says:

    Another YUM! I’m going to make some tomorrow, I think. Probably will get the apples through the food mill today, then will cook it down tomorrow. Did you do it all on the stovetop? I’ve read that its much easier (don’t have to keep such a close eye on it for burning) if you put it in the oven. I think I’m going to try that method.

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