Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Apple Butter

I did my first batch as a test batch and it was really small in case it didn't turn out.  So, if you'd like more than 8 oz. of apple butter in the end, you should make a quadruple or so batch of this.  :)

Apple Butter
4 apples, peeled  (Sweeter apples like Braeburn, Gala, Fuji, Delicious...I used braeburns)
2 T. apple cider vinegar
1/2 c. water
1 T. lemon juice
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

What you'll need:
Pot to make apple butter in.
Canning supplies (Canner, funnel, tongs, rack (optional))

1.  Core and then cut up the peeled apples into small pieces.  Put the pieces into a pan and also put the cores in the pan.  (We all know that apples have a lot of pectin in them, and rumor has it that a lot of that pectin is in the core.)
2.  Add the lemon juice, vinegar and water to the apples.  Then bring them to a boil on high for about a minute.  Then let them simmer for about 30 minutes or until very, very tender.
3.  Once they are cooked they should look something like this....(above)
4.  Then in order to get a smooth texture you'll want to put the cooked apples through a sieve or mesh strainer (like shown).
5.  Getting it all through the strainer will take some time, but be patient because it will be worth it in the end! :)

6.  Once it's all been strained place it back in the pot on medium-high.  Then add the sugar and cinnamon, stirring until it comes to a boil for one minute.

7.  Then place in clean jars, with lids and bands.  Water Process for 10 minutes at sea level and adjust for higher elevations.

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