Apple Butter

Up until last weekend, I was terrified at the thought of canning.  I had done some research a while back because I wanted to start preserving fruits that I got a good deal on…but, it seemed a bit too complicated for me, so I pushed the idea aside and really didn’t think much about it again.

{Until I got an email asking me if I’d like to receive a canning kit.}

I decided since it was something that I had wanted to do, that I might as well give it a shot.  So, I did and I got Apple Butter out of it.

apple butter recipeI was going to try a berry recipe, but I when I saw the recipe for Apple Butter, well, I just had to try it.

The whole process was much easier than I thought it would be, but it was still quite intensive and required a good chunk of time.  Since this was my first experience canning, I have nothing to compare it to, so what’s hard to me, may not be to you.  Regardless, if you’ve ever thought of canning, definitely give it a try.

apple butter recipeSince I only had four canning jars, I halved the recipe that I received from Sure-Jell and it seemed to work out — although I only ended up with 3 jars.  I’m thinking I probably wasted a bit to much when I was pressing through the sieve.

Apple Butter
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Serves: 3-4 jars
  • 2¼ pounds Granny Smith Apples
  • ¾ cup Water
  • ⅛ cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ pkg Sure-Jell Fruit Pectin
  • ¼ tsp butter or margarine
  • 3 cups Sugar
  1. Bring boiling-water canner, half full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.
  2. Remove blossom and stem ends from the unpeeled apples. Core apples; cut into quarters. Place in 4-qt. saucepan. Add water and lemon juice; stir. Bring to boil; cover. Simmer on medium heat 20 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Force mixture through food mill or strain through course sieve, using wooden spoon to force apples through mill. Discard peels. Measure exactly 2.5 cups of the prepared fruit into 4 or 6-qt stockpot. Stir in cinnamon. Discard any remaining prepared fruit.
  3. Stir pectin into prepared fruit in stockpot. Add butter to reduce foaming. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.
  4. Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within ⅛ inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads clean. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. Make sure water covers jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add water, if necessary. Cover; bring to a gentle boil. Process 10 minutes. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing center of lid with finger. If lid springs back up, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is required.
You can substitute the Granny Smith apples for McIntosh, Cortland, Empire or Beacon.

Looking back, I wish I would have had more jars so that I could have made more, but I’m happy with the 3 jars I got. I kept a jar and then gave a jar to my father and father-in-law.

how to make apple butterI’m excited about trying some other canning recipes to see what I’ve been missing out on all this time.  If you are a professional canner or novice, like me, I’ve got a giveaway that I think you are going to love!


One (1) winner will receive a Canning Kit (valued at $70) that includes a Granite-Ware 9PC 21.5 Quart Canner Kit, Bormioli Rocco Quattro Stagioni 8-1/2-Ounce 4-Piece Canning Jar Set and Canning Tips and Tricks from SURE-JELL and Kraft Foods!

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Simply visit this link and leave me a comment below letting me know which recipe you’d try first!

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    I love Apple Butter, can’t afford to buy a canning set, so getting a free set would be great if you have any left over.

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    Shelia Brasher says:

    Thanks so much for the recipe. My 8 y/o grandson ask me the other day if I had ever tried apple butter. He said it was “so” good. Of course I had, but never tried to make it myself. Now that I have read your recipe I cant wait to get started.

    Thanks, Shelia
    PS: I would love to win the canning set too.

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