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    Due to my activity in the "whole apple" thread, I'm making apple butter for maybe the second or third time in my life...can't remember the last time (CRS). Anyway, I juiced 25 Ida Red apples today, froze 2 quarts of juice and was going to make apple jelly with the pulp. Didn't work out as the Jack LaLanne juicer I have did a great job of taking the juice out. I had to add back one qt of apple juice and 2 qts water to hydrate the pulp. Got it simmering and it looked like apple sauce, but we have a bunch of that down in the cellar....hmmm, Apple Butter?

    So, when it was ready and I put through the Foley Food Mill, I ended up with 4 qts apple sauce. So the recipe goes -

    4 qts applesauce
    6 cups sugar
    5 tsp ground cinnamon
    1 1/2 tsp ground cloves

    Throw it all in a 7 qt crock pot, mix it up, set the CP on high to get the mess simmering, stir a couple times, then set on low until done.

    I let you know tomorrow how it works out.

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    My hubby really likes apple butter, but I haven't tried to make any yet. Looking forward to hearing how it turns out for you!

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    Gonna take longer than a day...I'm stubborn.

    A change for next time -

    Reduce on stove top to 3 quarts, then put in crockpot on high til done. leave lid on crooked so steam escapes. I found that the lid does not get hot enough so the steam condenses on it and goes back into the apple butter.

    I've got the CP plugged into my Kill a Watt to see what it cost me energy-wise to make this.

    I'll report back tomorrow.

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    Thanks for the update, Lee! Will check back tomorrow to see how it went for you today.

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    Couldn't wait for it to get done, so I slathered some on a slice of home made ww bread

    After it boiled down to about half (2 qts) I got:
    7 -12 oz jelly jars
    1 - 14 oz jar and
    1 pint jar of apple butter

    (I don't think "A pint's a pound" works with apple butter)

    used 6.34 Kwh over 24+ hours

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    Sounds yummy! And looks like it made quite a bit. I think you said you used all the same type of apples for this? I've been told to mix a variety of apples when canning applesauce, but don't know if the same applies to apple butter. Do you think it would make a difference?

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    We make Apple Butter every year! We have a party! Instead of using cinnamon we use cinnamon oil though...tastes great!

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    I think the idea of mixing varieties is a good one. I know some apples are not as good as others for a particular use (I don't know which is which). So if you mix varieties, you almost guarantee NOT getting a bad (tasting/texture) batch.

    I think that this batch would have been better tasting, if possible, if I used the whole apple instead of mostly pulp.

    Does the oil help darken the butter? Gotta have dark apple butter 'cause that's what Mom made.

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    Yep, it does darken it really nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lparker View Post
    I think the idea of mixing varieties is a good one. I know some apples are not as good as others for a particular use (I don't know which is which). So if you mix varieties, you almost guarantee NOT getting a bad (tasting/texture) batch.

    I think that this batch would have been better tasting, if possible, if I used the whole apple instead of mostly pulp.

    Does the oil help darken the butter? Gotta have dark apple butter 'cause that's what Mom made.
    This sounds really good, and I'm going to try making some....my husband LOVES apple butter!

    Quote Originally Posted by AnW819 View Post
    We make Apple Butter every year! We have a party! Instead of using cinnamon we use cinnamon oil though...tastes great!
    I don't think I've ever seen cinnamon oil. Where would I find this?

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    Walmart sells it in .125 oz containers which would probably be enough for home apple butter. Its in the aisle with all of the candy making equipment at out local one. I haven't found it in the spice/extract section yet though as common sense would tell you it would be stored.

    When I was in elementary school we had a LOT of tourists during the fall. Our 6th and 7th grades would make apple butter in big copper pots to sell to the tourists to pay our way to Washington DC and Williamsburg every year. We used cinnamon oil as well.

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