Rating: 4 stars
6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
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  • 6 Ratings
Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Karla Conrad

Recipe Summary test

45 mins
2 hrs
5 mins
2 hrs 50 mins
6 half-pints


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Quarter and core unpeeled apples. In an 8- to 10-quart heavy pot combine apples and apple cider. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 30 to 35 minutes or until apples are very tender, stirring frequently.

  • Press apple mixture through a food mill or sieve into a large bowl. Discard peels and seeds. Measure 7 1/2 cups pulp; return to pot. (If you have leftover apple mixture, chill it and serve it as applesauce.)

  • Stir in brown sugar, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cook, uncovered, over very low heat for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours or until mixture is very thick and mounds on a spoon, stirring frequently.

  • Ladle hot apple butter into hot sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands.

  • Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner for 5 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks.

Freezer Directions:

Prepare as directed through Step 3. Place pot of apple butter in a sink filled with ice water; stir mixture to cool. Ladle apple butter into wide-mouth freezer containers, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace. Seal and label. Freeze for up to 10 months. Apple butter may darken slightly with freezing.

Nutrition Facts

28 calories; carbohydrates 7g; sugars 6g; vitamin c 0.6mg; potassium 24mg.