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1 pint apple butter

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a recipe by
Michelle Greiner
St Louis, MO

This is a great recipe for those times when the purchased apples aren't as good as expected or maybe they have been bruised. This is a great way to use the apples up so that they don't get thrown away. No canning processing necessary. No special ingredients or equipment needed.

★★★★★ 1
serves 1 pint
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 3 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For 1 pint apple butter

  • 1 1/2 - 2 lb
    apples (depending on size 6 - 10) peeled, cored, and roughly chopped -- don't worry about cutting away bruises
  • 1/2 c
    water or apple juice (if using water -- you may have to adjust sugar just a bit)
  • 1/2 c
    sugar or splenda (white or brown)
  • 1/2 tsp
    cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 tsp
    nutmeg, ground
  • 1/4 tsp
    ginger, ground
  • 1/4 tsp
    allspice, ground
  • 1/8 tsp
    cloves, ground

How To Make 1 pint apple butter

  • 1
    Put apples into a medium heavy saucepan. Add apple juice or water
  • 2
    Over medium high heat bring apple juice to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover tightly and simmer for 40 - 60 minutes, stirring every 10 - 15 minutes, until apples begin to fall apart.
  • 3
    Without removing pot from heat, mash the apples with the back of a spoon. Mixture will look like lumpy applesauce.
  • 4
    Add sugar and spices. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking uncovered for approximately 2 hours stirring every 10 - 15 minutes.
  • 5
    Remove from heat when mixture has reached desired consistency. Remember apple butter will thicken slightly when refrigerated.
  • 6
    Allow apple butter to cool for 20 minutes. Stir well. Place apple butter in an air tight covered container. Place apple butter in refrigerator.

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