Apple Butter

Lovely on toast, exquisite on vanilla ice cream … For best flavor, use a variety of apple cultivars.


10 pounds apples
1 cup water
2 cups cider
4 cups (approx.) sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt


Core apples; don’t peel them. Cut them up and place in a large soup pot with water and cider. Bring heat to medium and cook until apples are soft.

When cool enough to handle, pass apples through a food mill (or puree in a blender or food processor).

Place mixture back in pot over medium heat and cook down about 25 minutes; stir often.

Measure pulp; for every 3 cups pulp, add 1 cup sugar (or less for tarter flavor). Add spices and salt, and cook, stirring often, until butter is thick. Pour into hot sterilized canning jars (leaving headspace), and seal.

Variation: A quick way to make this butter is to cook the mixture uncovered in a roasting pan in a 250º oven, about 3 hours. Stir a couple of times. When butter is at the desired consistency, spoon into hot sterilized canning jars (leaving headspace) and seal.

Cooking & Recipes


about 6 pints

Preparation Time: 

1 hour

Start to Finish Time: 

1-1/2 hours

Preparation Method

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