Homemade Apple Butter

Homemade Apple Butter Recipe

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Alice Canter


This is an old family recipe. I got it from my niece, who got it from an older cousin. The hardest part is standing and watching it for 90 minuets so it won't scorch. Since it has already been fully cooked, it does not need to be processed.


★★★★★ 1 vote

I got about 2 cases of 1/2 pint jars.
1 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top


  • 5 qt
    applesauce ( about a 5 gal. bucket full of apples.
  • 5 lb
  • 8 Tbsp
  • 2 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 2 tsp
    ground allspice

How to Make Homemade Apple Butter


  1. Wash apples, cut out any bad spots. Cut into quarters or eighths. In a large enamel kettle put enough water to cover bottom of pot. Add cut up apples and cook til tender. Run cooked apples through a food mill or a fruit and vegetable strainer attached to electric mixer.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together thoroughly. Add to applesauce.
  3. Cook on top of stove SLOWLY!!!!. Do not boil. Not a good idea to walk away and leave it, as it will scorch. Cook for 90 minuets. Spoon into clean hot jars and seal. Make sure lids are very hot. Yummy.
  4. Note: If apples are sweet, you can reduce the sugar to 4 lbs.

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About Homemade Apple Butter

Course/Dish: Spreads
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom

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