1 Pint Apple Butter

1 Pint Apple Butter Recipe

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Michelle Greiner


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.


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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


  • 1Put apples into a medium heavy saucepan. Add apple juice or water
  • 2Over 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.
  • 3Without removing pot from heat, mash the apples with the back of a spoon. Mixture will look like lumpy applesauce.
  • 4Add sugar and spices. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking uncovered for approximately 2 hours stirring every 10 - 15 minutes.
  • 5Remove from heat when mixture has reached desired consistency. Remember apple butter will thicken slightly when refrigerated.
  • 6Allow 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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About 1 Pint Apple Butter

Course/Dish: Jams & Jellies
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American

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