Canning Apple Butter Recipe

We traveled north last week to stock up on Apples and to see what Fall is supposed to look like. We came back with a bunch of apples and decided to can apple butter to give as gifts to some neighbors and friends at Christmas. The kids and I went to my mom's where we spent the morning enjoying the smells that making apple butter brings. If you don't have an apple peeler/corer/slicer, I would suggest getting one for this recipe. In a matter of seconds, it peels, cores, and cuts the apples into super thin slices so it doesn't take as long to cook.

Many recipes call for using the crockpot, but we used the stove top!  It made 12 pints...plus a little more here and there from us tasting. :)

Ingredients:
6ish pounds of apples peeled and sliced(or enough to fill up the pot you're using)
3 1/2-4 cups sugar(we tasted after 3 1/2 and felt this was more than enough-you can always add more later)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice

Instructions:
Poor all ingredients in a pot and stir well(we used 3 different kinds of apples).

Let apples cook for 35-45 min or until soft(longer if your cut apples are thick) stirring occasionally. Use immersion blender or food processor until consistency of applesauce.

Cook for another 30 min on med-low heat to make it a thicker consistency(we left the top half on so it wouldn't pop out). Stir pretty often to prevent sticking to bottom.


Canning process:
Once your apples are to a consistency where it doesn't spread on a chilled plate, you're ready to can. We boil cans and lids in a pot to sterilize. Here are complete instructions for canning.
Take hot jars out and place on a towel or wire rack. Using a funnel(you can purchase a utensil set for $7 that has everything you need) fill jars with butter - be sure to leave about an inch of space at the top. Tightly place lid and rim on cans. If using a Waterbath canner(like we did), place jars on wire rack and lower into the water. Cover until there is an inch or so water over cans. Turn stove on high until it starts to boil. Let boil for 10 minutes then turn the heat off and let jars sit in water for about 5 more minutes. Remove jars from water and let cool on a towel or wire rack for 12 hours.

This apple butter will make your whole house smell amazing and it tastes fantastic. I would definitely suggest heating the apple butter up before serving. I can't wait to give these to our friends and neighbors.

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19 comments:

Girlie Blogger said...

Wow. That is a lot of work. But it looks delicious.

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Jennifer Leigh said...

I've never had apple butter but it looks good. I've never canned either!

Donna said...

My hubby loves apple butter, and I'm a little embarrassed to admit, I've never canned before. I really need to try it some time.

ohkeeka said...

Apple butter is one of my favorite things about fall! I love it on toast for breakfast. Thanks for sharing!

Cookin' Canuck said...

We adore apple butter, but it's been a really long time since I made it. Thank you for the inspiration!

Irish American Mom said...

I love apple butter. It is a true taste of America to me. Thanks for sharing how to make it. Someday when I am feeling adventurous I will give it a try.

chanalesings said...

Gosh I wish I could smell this!!

Crissa Pollmann Robertson said...

I love apple butter but i don't have a waterbath canner. Is there another way to do this or even a freezer recipe?

Katrina said...

Yum! I made some last year, but did it in a crockpot, so it was less attention and it cooked all night long and smelled delicious. The lid on the crockpot should be left just a little ajar, too. I want a canner! Great post.

Texas Type A Mom said...

You make this look so easy and even more delicious!

JR911 said...

I love homemade apple butter....I prefer the crockpot method as it's a set and forget method, but it's yummy no matter how you make it. I never thought about using my immersion blender instead of the countertop one....thanks for the tip!

Gianna said...

Thanks! My husband loves apple butter.

Jenna said...

That looks absolutely delicious! My grandma used to make Apple Butter all the time when I was little.

Stefani @ MommyEnterprises.com said...

I love apple butter, but don't get to buy it very often.

YUM!

Nichol said...

Yum Dee I love apple butter!

kelly willis said...

apple butter is the best thing in the world i never knew how to make it i will have to try this
kelly willis
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VickeC said...

Id bet this reciepe would would with pears too,I have a big pear tree

Melanie F. said...

My grandmother used to make incredible desserts and food! She loved canning preserves & also made her own fresh Spring Pickles, Beets, and various other yummy foods. Seeing the recipe with detailed pics makes it alot easier to tackle now. Thanks Dee!

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Terri. said...

I love, Love, LOVE apples!!! This looks so good. Thank you for sharing.

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