I've always wanted to try making an apple butter and decided there is no time like the present! I worked with this recipe to get me started and followed canning procedures using a hot water bath to process the jars once it was ready (leaving 1/4" headspace, used 250ml jars, and processed for 10 minutes with a rolling boil).
• 6 lbs of apples, cut into quarters
• 1 cup apple cider vinegar
• 2 cups water
• 3 cups sugar
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 2 & 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 3/4 tsp ground cloves
• ½ tsp allspice
• The juice and zest of 1 lemon
I put everything in a slow cooker and put it on the highest setting. I stirred everything together and then let it cook on high for 60 minutes. I then turned the temperature down to low and let it simmer for 5 hours. The smell in my kitchen was heavenly! There is something so comforting about the smell of apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar cooking.
At the end of the 5 hours, I put everything through a strainer/sieve, and put the remaining mixture into a non-stick pot on the stove. I then cooked it on low for a little over an hour (it was about an hour & 15 mins). At this stage while it was on the stove top, I stirred it frequently (about every 10 minutes) to make sure it didn't stick or start to burn. When I first put it in the pot it was a little bit thicker than an applesauce and just kept reducing from there.
|It's just a bit thicker than applesauce at this point|