Apple Butter

Once upon a time, I discovered that Danny had never had apple butter. In fact, he didn’t even know what it was. He had missed out on this delicious addition to homemade bread. Maybe apple butter is a Southern thing? Who knows.

Apple Butter

  8 c applesauce
  1 T cinnamon
½ t nutmeg
½ t cloves
½ c honey or maple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a pot and cover partially with a lid. Bring the applesauce mixture to a slow simmer; simmer until it is very thick and almost half the amount remains. It will turn a deep brownish red color. Store in the refrigerator or freeze. Eat warm or cold on biscuits or sliced bread.

Homemade Applesauce

So, I still haven’t finished all of the applesauce. Do you know how long it takes to cut 2 bushels of apples into quarters, cook them, and run them through a sieve? A long time, when you figure in at least twenty interruptions made by each of my two children per batch of applesauce.

Homemade applesauce is worth the time and energy. (Although I seem to have misplaced those. Has anyone seen them?)


1 pint of water
Wash the apples with a small amount of soap. Rinse well.
Quarter each apple and remove the core. Place in a large pot. Continue cutting until the pot is almost full; pour in the water.

I enjoy watching a movie and sitting on the comfy couch while cutting apples.
Bring to a boil then cover and simmer until the apples are softened but not brown. This can take anywhere from 5-30 minutes depending on your apples.  (If they turn brown, it’s okay; you can make Apple Butter with them.)

Run apples through a sieve to “sauce” them. Allow the applesauce to cool before placing it in bags to freeze. If desired, you can add honey, maple syrup, and/or cinnamon to your applesauce.
Applesauce really is simple. But you do have to be ready to set aside enough time to cut the apples. It takes me about 45 minutes to cut one-quarter bushel of apples. The time involved is heavily reliant on how large the apples are. The ones that I am using are quite small, so there are more in a bushel than there would be if they were large.

Why the Unexpected is Bad

We went apple buying today. I decided that I am going to make applesauce without sugar, and I might as well make it cheap. The orchard we went to doesn’t have apples pre-packaged in boxes; the buyer takes his own boxes or uses the supplied plastic bags. The apples are placed in large wooden bins about three feet deep. The buyer is allowed to choose which apples he wants from that bin. A version of pick-your-own without walking through the orchard.

Today, while choosing our apples, I overheard something that really shocked me. A lady walked up to the owner and asked for golden delicious apples. The owner told her which bins contained golden delicious, and told her the price– $10 per bushel.

The apples were on the small side. The weren’t waxed. They weren’t perfectly clean. Some had flaws. They were just what I wanted: cheap and unprocessed but plenty usable.

The lady didn’t want them. You could tell by the look on her face what she was thinking. Continue reading Why the Unexpected is Bad