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.
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.