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Old-Fashioned Apple Butter

Yield 10 half pints


  • 6 pounds apples, cored and sliced
  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

How to Make It

  1. Place apple slices and cider in a flat-bottomed kettle. Bring to a boil; cover and cook over medium heat 30 minutes or until apples are tender.

  2. Press apples through a sieve. Return strained pulp to kettle; cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until pulp rounds up in a spoon. Add sugar and spices. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 hour or until mixture thickens.

  3. Quickly ladle apple butter into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4- inch headspace. Cover at once with metal lids, and screw bands tight. Process in boiling water bath 5 minutes.

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