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I have never made it before but have leftover applesauce after canning and canning. So now I have a crock pot of it going. How much do I want this stuff to boil down? How thick should it be? How do I preserve it when it is finished?
 

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apples, no peels stems or seeds.. cut randomly..

cook in crockpot till reduced 40% and turns red/brown..

don't add anything, period. hard apples work best.. mushy ones aren't as tasty..

I cooked em 24 hrs..

pears work even better, use dead ripe peeled & quartered & de-seeded/stemmed red or brown pears (preferably)

sugar & spice are unnecessary if you properly concentrate & slightly carmelize the fruit sugars.. it's ok if it cooks down a little bit much and gets quite dark.. even tastier..

waterbath can for long term storage.. or freeze, or refrigerate & eat immediately.. (< 30 days)
 

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This stuff is awesome!


Pumpkin butter

* 1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree (or use fresh pumpkin puree)
* 3/4 cup apple juice
* 2 teaspoons ground ginger
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
* 1 1/2 cups white sugar
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS

1. Combine pumpkin, apple juice, spices, and sugar in a large saucepan; stir well. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently.
 

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I think DrewDrew wants to know kind of what it tastes like or is like before he goes out and purchases some. I've never had any, personally, so I can't fill him in on it. I would like to taste some too though. I'll have to find out if any of my friends specialize in applebutter.
 

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Imagine a health food store brand apple flavored fruit roll up that was spreadable and somewhat milder in flavor than a fruit roll up. That's what it sort of tastes like. Not a fan of it myself.
 

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It has a thicker consistency than applesauce but similar texture... sweet but not too sweet.

Pretty dang good on a buttered up biscuit... now I'm hungry.
 

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I made me some apple butter here recently. I cut,peeled, and deseeded about 8 pounds of apples and put them in the crockpot with 2 cups of water 2 1/2 cups of sugar and a couple table spoons of cinnamon. Cooked for 24 hours and then canned. It turned out great. It made the house smell like a big apple pie while it cooked too. Made me hungry i tell you that.
 
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