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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 3:02 pm    Post subject: Apple Butter Reply with quote

First,to start off,you must have apple sauce.
Buy from stores,or if,like sinner you have a bumper crop of apples,make your own.
It's healthier and actually,no sugar is added to the apple sauce. So it's perfect for baby food and those on a diet,apple sauce over frozen yoghurt is amazing!
Here's how you do it:

APPLE SAUCE:
You need apples that are sweet like Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Rome and always use a mixture if you can.
Honeycrisp and Pink Lady are also excellent, sweet, flavorful apples.

Wash peel,and slice the apples...Chopping them is much faster if you use one of those apple corer/segmenters - you just push it down on an apple and it cuts it into segments.
Put about 1 inch of water (I used either water or apple juice) on the bottom of a huge, thick-bottomed pot. Put the lid on, and the heat on high. When it gets really going, turn it to medium high until the apples are soft through and through.

Roughly blend the apples to a sauce,it will be thick and quite chunky,add cinnamon to taste,and a large pinch of salt. No sugar needed.
Bottle in your sterilised jars (see jam thread on how to do it.) and leave to cool in a dry,dark place.

*excerpted from http://www.pickyourown.org/applebutter.htm
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NOW....your actual Apple Butter making has begun...
A slow cooker or crock pot is needed...borrow one if you don't have it!
Apple butter has NOTHING to do with butter at all,it is a "concentrated" jam and it has loads of flavour.
Absolutely gorgeous on scones,breads and as pie or cake filling.


Your apple butter will last up to 2 years.

For every 6 quarts of apple sauce,you need:
1 and half tablespoons of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon of allspice
2 to 3 cups sugar

Set the crock pot on low or medium heat.
Cover it loosely or use a large pot splatter-guard. It will splatter as it boils slowly, so I also cover nearby surfaces with towels. You don't want to seal it tightly because you want the steam to escape so it can reduce in volume and thicken.

Leave it to cook for 6 - 12 hours. How long depends on the size and power of your crockpot, and how thick you like it, If you want to stir it occasionally, that's fine but not necessary. I let mine go overnight.

It will reduce in volume by about half overnight.
You're done! Stir it around to smoothen it a bit.

Bottle it in your sterilised bottles and let it cool in a dry,dark place.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi stephanie.. how much is a quart???
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2006 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

karlskrona - 1 quart is 4 cups.

My apple sauce is now brewing in the slow cooker. When I was cutting up the apple, hubby said to count him out :roll: . He doesn't eat fruits... sigh. My blender nearly had a heart attack blending the thick apple sauce.

Will keep you posted Stefanie, on how my apple butter turns out. coffee
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2006 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sinner,thanks for answering Jo... Very Happy

Hope the apple butter goes well,your hubby may change his mind!
I bet your whole house smells lovely now!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


Stefanie,

I had some on my toast this morning - it was very different, in the sense it does not jangled your senses so early in the morning - very soothing jam. Hard to explain what I mean :roll: . But I love it.

However, I broke my own golden rule :twisted: . I was in a hurry (mind not on the job) when I was making the apple butter, I put in old spices :shock: (I usually grind them whenever I need some). Don't worry, I kicked myself many many times throughout the day. I have thrown away all the old ground spices - so no danger of temptation.

I made 12 cups of apple sauce which reduced to 3-1/2 cups of apple butter. I will make it again and this time, I am sure my whole house will smell lovely.

I made some small buns with it - lovely. Haven't manged to convince hubby to try it yet. Will have to make some pastry/pie to go with it for him to test and of course I won't tell him what the filling is Wink

Thank you for sharing this recipe.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's ok sinner,we make small mistakes from time to time when we are busy with something or occupied with another task...I think the result more than made up for it though!

Your apple butter looks gorgeous...I would find the use of the word "soothing" not that weird.
It is a very comforting food item indeed,and although the process is long,the perfume it lends to the kitchen is well worth it!
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More luck on convincing the hubby to try some...let us know if you succeed,sneakily or unsneakily!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sinner, *clap clap* love your jam color and texture. I'll have to wait for Fall (apple season) before I try and make this jam. Have to makedo with the berries first. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Stefanie. Smile

cwl - Thanks. I wish I had stumbled on the berries jam earlier when I had an abundance of strawberries **sigh**. Never mind - I will go and make jars and jars of this apple butter. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sinner wrote:
Thanks Stefanie. Smile

cwl - Thanks. I wish I had stumbled on the berries jam earlier when I had an abundance of strawberries **sigh**. Never mind - I will go and make jars and jars of this apple butter. Smile



Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green (that's me right now dreaming of your apple butter)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cwl if your fingers are itchy you can get apple sauce from any supermarket!
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Add less sugar when cooking the butter then.

More fruit butters on another thread!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the rate I'm making jams, my dh will not have place for his beers in the fridge. All filled with jars of jam... Wink Wink Wink

I normally make a small batch a time cos I don't water-bath my jams, hence can't keep it un-refridgerated. So have to practice will-control, if not dh will mutiny.. Wink Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Give away to your neighbours lah... Wink

p.s: they are VERY lucky!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stefanie wrote:
Give away to your neighbours lah... Wink



jam lady of the 'hood.. Wink Wink :lol:
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need some bling-bling first cwl... Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stefanie, I'm half way there... my dh installed a super sonic sound system in his car, heavy on bass. My neighbor calls it 'The Pimped-up Car' and it only need spinner rims to be complete island :twisted: Men and their gadgets :roll: :roll:
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

:lol: :lol: :lol:

We rarely see that here...and those who do have that super duper bass are more likely to be labelled ah-bengs... :shock:
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stefanie wrote:

We rarely see that here...and those who do have that super duper bass are more likely to be labelled ah-bengs... :shock:


What do you think my hubby is - ah beng-mah! :lol: :lol: But seriously, he just loves electronics and sound systems. He built his own amplifiers and our 3 computers. Very handy to have around esp for electronic dungu like me Wink Wink

BTW, Stef, which part of the world are you at?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cwl...I'm from Singapore lah...so now you know why bass freaks here are labelled as Ah Bengs,they install it to blast techno tracks in their cars.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya, ya, each country has it's own version of ah bengs. You notice they are only males??? :roll: :roll: Women too smart to destroy their own ear drums listening to music volume at 3000 decibles Wink Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes yes cwl,I agree!
Music is nice at a certain volume,too loud and it becomes noise! :shock:


I am currently working on a citrus butter...wonder if it will work...hmmmm...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stefanie wrote:

I am currently working on a citrus butter...wonder if it will work...hmmmm...


Ooooo...*lips smacking in anticipation* Would it be like marmalade?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cwl..I am still working on the technicalities of it all... the thing is...a marmalade itself is already quite concentrated in citrus flavour... i.e it has a bitter taste.
If I concentrate it further into a butter,will it be overwhelmingly bitter.... island
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stef, that's why I leave it to the expert to come up with the recipe. Wink Wink I just enjoy the fruits of your labor, for which I THANKYOU!! *big hug*
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awwwww cwl... *blush*

Thanks for your encouragement!
Will post it here immediately when I make my breakthrough... :lol:
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