For Christmas this year, I gave away a lot of homemade apple butter. This is the recipe I used, for anyone interested.
@50 large apples, different varieties (makes 8-9 quarts applesauce)
4 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
Start by peeling & coring your apples. This goes much easier with an apple peeler. (Believe me!!) Boil the apple slices until soft.
Next, put the soft apples into the food processor and puree them to make applesauce.
In the crock pot, put 5.5 quarts of applesauce, 2 cups of sugar, all the cinnamon, cloves & allspice. Mix well & put on high for a couple of hours. Turn to low & cook overnight. Leave a knife or something in the crockpot to allow the lid to vent.
In the morning, the apple butter should have cooked down. Add the remaining 2 cups of sugar and the rest of the applesauce (@ 2-3 quarts) and cook a couple more hours. You’re now ready to put them into jars!
Sterilize the seals & use fresh-from-the-dishwasher-warm glass jars. Put the apple butter in the jars, leaving a small bit of space at the top. Place the seals & rings on the jars, and immerse them in boiling water for 10 minutes.
Remove the jars from the water and set them on the counter. Do not touch the lids! You should hear them begin to “pop” and seal as they cool off. It’s such a gratifying sound! :)