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Article: Aunt Bett, Bee Balm and Battling Bees: Apple Sauce

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gloria125
Greensboro, AL

April 5, 2008
12:43 AM

Post #4758705

The way I learned to make apple butter is to (1) wash the apples. (2) Quarter the apples into a heavy pot, such as an iron kettle. Don't bother to peel or core the apples. (3) Add cider or water to cover. (4) Bring to a boil and then simmer until the apples look like apple butter. You can add sugar if the apples are not sweet enough, but it is not necessary. Optional. You can add cinnamon and/or cloves.

(5) When done process the apples through a food press to remove skin and seeds.

http://www.paulnoll.com/Oregon/Canning/tool-food-press.html

Since most of the nutrients of apples is in their skin it is best not to peel the apples first. And don't use apples that have been sprayed with insecticide or fungicide.

Serve the apple butter on fresh baked bread slices and with home made butter.

Excellent article, Sharran. Once again.

gloria
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

April 5, 2008
12:51 AM

Post #4758753

Ahhhh, that's it, Gloria. The food strainer! That is exactly what was used to make the apple butter...it also was used for blackberry jelly, strawberry jelly, raspberry, and for tomato juice. How could I have forgotten.

It has been so long since I cooked like that, I didn't even remember. And somewhere I have my Mom's food strainer stored away.

Thank you...you just solved a piece of the puzzle that I could not find in my memory stash.
gloria125
Greensboro, AL

April 5, 2008
12:41 PM

Post #4760574

You are welcome. Ill send you my address for a jar of apple butter, please.

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