This is an apple butter recipe my Grandmother passed down to me. It is always delicious. If you do not like your apple butter to be tangy, you can replace the cider vinegar with water.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
48
Yield:
1 1/2 quarts
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place apples and 2 cups of cider vinegar or water into a large pot. Cook over medium low heat until soft.

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  • Put the fruit through a strainer.

  • Measure the apple pulp by cup into a large mixing bowl. Keep track of how many cups of apple pulp you have added to the mixing bowl. For each one cup of apple pulp mix in 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice, and the zest of one lemon; mix well.

  • Spoon the mixture into a Dutch oven. Cook the mixture over a medium or medium-low temperature until it "sheets" from the spoon. What this means is that you put a small amount of the apple butter in a spoon and let it cool slightly. As it thickens, two large drops will form along the edge of the spoon (as you hold the spoon upside down over the pot) one drop on either side of the spoon. When these two drops come together and fall as one drop of the spoon, the sheeting stage has been reached.

  • Pour apple butter into hot sterilized jars. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.

Nutrition Facts

24 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 6g; fat 0.1g; sodium 1.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2004
I have to agree with TBURKE on this one. It has no sugar in it and is very bitter tasting. I wasted a lot of money not to mention time making this recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/15/2003
This recipe is not written correctly. First it has no sugar in the recipe and the amount of cinnamon is way too much. Read More
(54)
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 1 stars
11/15/2003
This recipe is not written correctly. First it has no sugar in the recipe and the amount of cinnamon is way too much. Read More
(54)
Rating: 3 stars
10/24/2008
I was looking at Apple Butter recipes & came across this one. I think it's supposed to read apple cider NOT apple cider vinegar. There would be no need to add vinegar esp that much! Hope this helps. I haven't made this so don't go by my rating just wanted to help out. Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2004
I have to agree with TBURKE on this one. It has no sugar in it and is very bitter tasting. I wasted a lot of money not to mention time making this recipe. Read More
(19)
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Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2009
Keep in mind that there are two types of apple butter sweet and tart. This is a tart one so if you want a sweet one look elsewhere. Many people prefer it to be tart so don't complain if you didn't think about the ingredient list. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2009
My wife loved this recipe! She loves anyrhing cinnamon and this recipe has it! I made a batch for the holidays out of mixed apples from my neighbors trees. How sweet it is! Read More
(10)
Rating: 1 stars
08/16/2010
This recipe should use Apple Cider and not cider vinegar. Thats why it is so bitter. Read More
(9)
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Rating: 1 stars
10/18/2010
This was a mistake. I only added half the amount of spices and I had to add 5X more apples. I could not rate it low enough -5 would be closer to correct. Read More
(9)
Rating: 1 stars
03/29/2012
I think you left a critical word out of this recipe. In describing the apples "PEELED cored chopped. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2015
Based on the recipe I could infer that this apple butter would be somewhat interesting but would keep the traditional apple butter flavor. I was right! Original yet traditional! Loved it. Read More
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