You can make fruit butters in quart-size jars, but I'd suggest you
think about it first. A quart of any fruit butter will last a looooong
I always can these in pints or half pints. Half pints are processed the same as pints.
The National Center for Home Food preservation has you sterilize your
pint size jars and then process at 5 minutes. To avoid the task of
sterilizing jars, I use a 10-minute processing time. (Ball Blue book just says 10 minutes, adjust for altitude.)
"This is the first time canning apple butter & everything
seemed fine until the next day when I noticed a thin liquid @ top of apple
butter, is this bad or just normal separation?"
Assuming you processed it in a water bath, it is most likely
just a normal separation. Just stir it in when you open the jar to use
it. Watch for any bad smells or mold, but homemade apple butter is pretty hard to mess
up! I love it.
How long does homemade apple butter keep?
If I get a hold of it? Not long! :) I LOVE homemade apple butter. In all seriousness, however, homemade apple butter should keep for at least 12 months, likely more, if you store it in a cool, dry place.
What's the difference between applesauce and apple butter recipe?
Applesauce is a canned apple puree that's meant to be eaten by the bowlful. Apple butter is cooked longer, so it takes on a different consistency than applesauce, more like a jam or a jelly. It's also sweeter and more spiced than applesauce.
It’s apple butter time! I make mine in the crockpot & then water bath. Wondering if there a difference between cooking in the crockpot vs stove in the sweetness level? Thanks for your help
I've never tested it but I don't think there would be any difference in the sweetness. With the stove, the main thing is just being sure you are on hand to stir more often. The heat is all at the bottom of the pot, with a crockpot the heat surrounds the apples and will be a gentler heat. It does take longer though. So it just depends on your preference in cooking style. The sweetness will be all about the type of apples and any sweetener you add.
I'd like to make Apple Butter in the slow cooker, but i want to use my food
mill to clear skins and seeds first. So, my question is: HOW? Just take the apple sauce result and put it
in the slow cooker? for how long?
Hi Irene, great question. I would just make
applesauce with your food mill. Then add that to your Crockpot. The cook time will be less, but I can't give you an exact time. I'd
estimate 6 hours maybe? It all depends on how juicy your applesauce is
and how your cooker cooks. Try it out and let me know how it goes.
"Hello. My question is when I am cooking down my apple butter recipe, do I need
to cover my pot or just leave it uncovered? I did this years ago and I
cannot remember. Thank you. Elise"
Elise, you should either leave the lid off, or at least leave the lid
ajar so moisture can escape. As the apple butter gets thicker, it may
tend to splatter so that is why I sometimes just suggest to leave the lid
ajar. A splatter screen is also a good idea if you want to leave the
lid completely off.
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