Homemade Organic Apple Butter with No Pectin

I never enjoyed apple butter from restaurants or found at grocery stores.  I love this apple butter recipe, though.  It’s really yummy.  It’s great on muffins or toast, or even on a sandwich with peanut butter.  I found this recipe in Stocking UP III by Carol Hupping, and have adapted it so that it’s organic.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups organic apple cider, homemade is best!
  • 5 pounds organic apples, sliced thin
  • local honey, to taste

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Put cider in a big stainless steel or enamel stock pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the apples slowly and carefully.  Be careful not to burn  yourself while adding the apple slices.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Turn the temperature down so that the apples and cider can simmer.  Stir frequently to prevent sticking.  Add honey to the mixture to taste, if needed.
  5. When the apple butter has begun to thicken considerably, the apple slices will fall apart as you stir the butter.
  6. Put everything through a food mill, discarding the seeds, peels and stems.
  7. Place the mixture back into the pot and simmer until it’s a thick, dark-brown mass.  This will take approximately 4 to 5 hours.
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