Directions for Making Apple Butter

Yields about 9 - 10 pints

Ingredients and Equipment

  • 9 quarts of Applesauce, fresh or canned (See step 1)
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon of allspice
  • 4 cups sugar or Splenda, or an equivalent amount of sweetness to taste, from honey, stevia or frozen concentrated apple or white grape juice.
  • Jar grabber (to pick up the hot jars)
  • Lid lifter (has a magnet to pick the lids out of the boiling water where you sanitize them. ($2 at Target, other big box stores, and often grocery stores; and available online - see this page)
  • Jar funnel ($2 at Target, other big box stores, and often grocery stores; and available online - see this page)
  • 1 Crock pot (slow cooker) 6 quart size (if your crockpot is smaller, just reduce the ingredients proportionately)
  • Large spoons and ladles
  • 1 Canner (a huge pot to sanitize the jars of apple butter after filling (about $30 to $35 at mall kitchen stores, sometimes at big box stores and grocery stores.))