Did you ever end up with a bunch of apples that taste only mediocre and you wonder why should you eat all of those calories for no reason? If you’re like us they sit and sit until they are ready to be composted. We like slightly tart and crisp apples and sometimes when you buy apples they are a big disappointment. Instead of letting them go to waste, why not make apple butter. We did that and the result was great. The below recipe is from Simply Recipes and I changed it up a bit. It will make about 3 pint sized jars.
4 lbs. of apples
3/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
2 ¼ cups of water
3 cups of sugar (if you like really sweet things add more later)
Dash of salt
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ginger
1 lemon juice and zest
If you like a pinch of other spices like cloves and allspice that will work and even a dash of black pepper works too.
There is no butter in the mixture. The reason why it’s called apple butter is because of it’s smooth, rich texture.
-Most of the pectin in apples is in the core so don’t peel the apples or get rid of the core, just cut the apples in quarters. This saves a lot of time.
-Cook the apples in a large pot with the vinegar and water, cover, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 25 minutes.
-Next if you have a food mill great, if not, just use a strainer with large holes and put the apple mixture along with the liquid into it and force the mixture through.
-Discard the cores and peels.
-Add the rest of the ingredients to the warm mixture and stir. (Add more sugar or spices to your taste if you like.)
-Then place the mixture back on the stove in the large wide pot (this encourages evaporation) and cook on low heat, stirring often for an hour or longer. You want the mixture to be very thick and most of the moisture removed so it won’t be runny.
-Even though you will refrigerate the apple butter, it will still take you time to eat it all (unless you are like me and share it), so it’s best to sterilize glass jars first.
We hope you enjoy this as much as we did and then you won't feel guilty about wasting food. Plus this tastes better than any jam that you can buy at the store!