10/16/09

Dreaming of Apple Butter ...



We're a few weeks out with our kitchen being completed, and I'm dreaming of our family favorite, Apple Butter.

APPLE BUTTER
8 cups applesauce
3 1/2 cups sugar
1 T. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cloves
(I always double this recipe - it fits perfectly into my large pot)

I also make “pear butter” using this same recipe. But since its apple season, and our dear friends 
Roger and Faye provided us with another beautiful bountiful supply of Golden Delicious apples last week, I'm getting excited to pull my canning supplies out, and my Fruit & Vegetable Strainer
attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer.

The process begins … and by the way, it’s an easy process if you have a stand-up Kitchen Aid mixer with this particular attachment.

There is NO peeling and NO coring!

Wash apples in the sink



Quarter and put into a heavy large pot with about 1 cup of water



Boil and stir until apples are soft 



Run softened apples through strainer



Beautiful applesauce - eat naturally with no sugar



Yucky skin, stems and seeds, ready to compost



Measure applesauce and other ingredients - stir and heat to boiling



Pour into sterilized jars



Always use brand new sterilized lids, and then ring



Process for 15 minutes in boiling water bath. Cool and ENJOY! We love Apple Butter on toast, waffles, pancaks, and muffins. The family favorite is "peanut-butter-and-jellies" or served warm over ice cream!



If you're wanting to try another delicious apple treat, click over to The Inspired Room today, where I am guesting and talking about Apple Pie in a Jar.

Every Friday bloggers link up and share their Beautiful Life story at Melissa's place, one of my all-time favorite blogs around! It's beautiful, practical, and full of inspiration.  Thanks, Melissa!

I'd love to hear if you are an "apple butter" family, or what your favorite jam or jelly is?

(This post is a partial reposting from last year.)

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12 comments:

Linda C said...

Hey- thanks for all the apple info-- if you come by my place, you'll see why I need recipes for apples!!

Your photos are great!!:)

Linda C

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

Oh yum! I love apple butter!!

Donnetta said...

All I can say is Yum, Yum, Yum!

Stephanie said...

I've had an apple butter recipe (from the farm chicks) hanging up on my fridge for a week, and just bought the jars a few days ago. I've just been procrastinating because I've never canned before. Thanks for the encouragement and making it look so easy!

Kim said...

Yes - I made your apple butter and I'm going to be making some more this year! I grew up eating apple butter the Pennsylvania "Dutch way" - on top of cottage cheese!

We picked three bushels of apples the other day and I'm planning on making applesauce and your apple pie in a jar tomorrow.

Amber said...

Is it ok to compost seeds? I noticed you had seeds in your compost list. We compost but have always avoided seeds because we thought they might grow? Just curious! If you can throw seeds in too, it would be nice not to have to separate them out in the future.

Grace said...

of all the condiments in all the land, i think apple butter is my favorite. so aromatic, so luxurious. yeah, i said luxurious. :)

Janean said...

okay, my mouth is watering for apple butter!

a woman who is said...

The apple butter looks scrumptious. I have just in the last few years found time to start making some of my own jams and jellies again. I don't even like the store bought stuff at all.

This year I harvested a batch of white riesling wine grapes from some vines I planted two years ago. They made some delicious wine grape jam. The wine grape makes for a little tarter jam than a concord...yum!
Blessing on you through this kitchen remodel. It will give you years of pleasure when it is done :)

Denise said...

Oh, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS !!!! My sister and I are going to be doing apple butter in the near future and we were just not sure where to even begin. THIS helps!!! Thank you so much! ANd on behalf of all my boys who will get this in thier lunches, thank you!

Rachel said...

Oh my word! YUM SANDY!!!!!!
Yum, Yum, YUM!!!! :-)

gorgeous pics, as always! I can't wait to see the finished kitchen!

Karen said...

Yum!! This looks so delicious!! And I came here from the Apple Pie in a Jar post, which I'll also be trying today!! Do you know if I could skip the canning process and take it straight to the freezer instead of processing them?

Thanks!