|Easy Homemade Apple Butter|
I love Apple Butter but it can be pretty expensive. In fact it can be so pricey that when I buy a jar off the shelf I find myself trying to ration it out to make it last longer. This super easy apple butter recipe is a great economic alternative that can be whipped up in about an hour. Or, if you wanted to, you could actually load all of the ingredients into a slow cooker and leave it overnight if you don’t want to watch it. When I do my fresh apple version I love to cook it that way.
Both my mother and grandmother passed down the knowledge that you should NEVER make apple butter or anything else acidic in cast iron cookware or it will taste like metal. Most of the online research I’ve done seems to suggest that my mom is right. But I also ran across more than a few website that stated that they only use a cast iron vessel to make their apple butter. Since cooking things in cast iron adds iron content to whatever you’re cooking and I’m a little iron deficient, I thought I try my quick cooking apple butter in a cast iron skillet to see how it might work out. The result was outstanding.
Easy Homemade Apple Butter
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 hour
- 54 oz apple sauce unsweetened
- 2/3 cup molasses
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp ginger
- 1 cup of water (to rinse the apple sauce from the jars)
- sugar (to suit your tastes, I added ¾ cup)
- Empty the applesauce into a stainless steel pot then rinse the jars with about ½ cup of water per jar and pour it into the pot with the applesauce.
- Cook over a low heat stirring occasionally for about 45 minutes or until the applesauce has reduced and thickened to a consistency that resembles apple butter.
- Add all of the spices and molasses to the pan and stir until the ingredients are well combined. Taste the apple butter to determine how much sweeter you might like it and add sugar in ¼ cup increments until it has a sweetness that you’re happy with then simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
- To store the apple butter, I like to wash the apple sauce jars then when the apple butter is cool enough, spoon it into the jars.
- Label the apple butter and be sure to include the date when the batch was made so that there’s no confusion.