Recipe: Apple Butter

My parent’s neighbor has an apple tree in their front yard. Every year is a race with the birds to get the best apples! It was recently the time of year for this race which results in a few delights including apple butter. Yum Yum! My mom was kind enough to record this process and share the recipe! Enjoy!

Apple Butter:

Homemade Apple Butter

Homemade Apple Butter


4 1/2 lbs tart cooking apples, peeled and quartered

3 cups apple cider or apple juice

2 cups sugar

2 T fresh lemon juice, strained

3/4 t ground cinnamon

1/4 t nutmeg

1/4 t all spice

1/4 t cloves


Combine apples and cider in a heavy kettle or pot. Bring to boiling and then reduce heat. Simmer covered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Apples and cider

Apples and cider.

Press through a food mill or sieve until you have 7 1/2 cups.


Press through a food mill or sieve.

Return pulp to kettle. Stir in sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and other spices.

Stir in remaining ingredients.

Stir in remaining ingredients.

Bring to boiling, then reduce heat. Cook, uncovered, over very low heat until very thick and mixture mounds on a spoon. Stir often.

The cooked butter.

The cooked butter.

Ladle hot apple butter into hot sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving 1/4 head-space.

Filling the jar!

A filled jar!

Wipe jar rims and adjust lids. Process in a water bath for 5 minutes.

Water bath

Water bath

Remove jars from canner and cool on wire racks.

Finished Homemade Apple Butter!

Finished Homemade Apple Butter!


Want to mix it up a bit?

Try these versions:

Apple-pear butter — Substitute 2 lbs of cored, quartered and peeled pears for 2 lbs of apples

Caramel apple butter — Prepare as above except decrease granulated sugar to 1/2 cup and add 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar.

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