Discussion in 'General Food and Foraging Discussion' started by Nowell3, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. Nowell3

    Nowell3 Guest

    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?
  2. netandtim

    netandtim Well-Known Member

    Cook it down until it is the texture you like. Then you can put it up in jars and preserve using "water bath" canning method. Lots of sites if you search web for it, but here's a great starter site. Very good step-by-step info for beginners. And just a lot of great info in general.

    How to Can, Freeze, Dry and Preserve Any Fruit or Vegetable at Home

  3. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Well-Known Member

    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)
  4. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

    I've never been a fan of applebutter. I like apple sauce more.
  5. Rancher

    Rancher Active Member

    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


    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.
  6. DrewDrew

    DrewDrew Guest

    What exactly is applebutter? I've neevr had any. What do you eat it on or with?
  7. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

    Go find it at a health food store. You put it on toast like jam.
  8. drRapier

    drRapier Guest

    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.
  9. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. CherokeeCat

    CherokeeCat Member

    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.
  11. Tammy

    Tammy Guest

    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.