Long, long ago in a large kettle far away simmered the best apple butter in the entire universe.
Everyone came, everyone stirred, everyone sampled and everyone took home fresh homemade jars of apple butter.
I do not like store bought apple butter. It does not look like and it does not taste like the kind that simmered in the big kettle in Grandma's yard.
Lucky for me, a dear friend and neighbor who is not with us anymore, gave me a recipe for stove top apple butter.
The beautiful red color far outshines the dull brown color of the store bought variety.
Don't you agree?
She gave me the recipe one day while I visited her.
If you're making it from fresh apples, peel and slice apples and add them to a large cooking pot till it is full. Add small amount of water and cook until tender.
Remove apples from pot and mix in a blender until a smooth consistency.
You should now have 8 cups of applesauce.
STOVE TOP APPLE BUTTER
8 cups of applesauce
5 1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of cinnamon drops
1/3 cup vinegar
Stir together the above ingredients and put on stove and bring to boil.
When boiling, stir constantly for 20 minutes.
Add 1 drop of cinnamon oil (like you use for hard rock candy)
Put in 5 sterilized pint jars.
Make sure the jars seal.
It is soooo good! If you don't have apples, buy the unsweetened applesauce and use it.
It's quicker and it cuts out the chore of peeling, slicing, and cooking of the apples. This is what I do if I run out of canned apple butter in the winter or spring.
Sweet rusty West Virginia yellow delicious apples. You can't beat them for taste.
We didn't have very many of these delicious apples, so you better believe I'm going to be buying applesauce this year to make my Stove Top Apple Butter.
I like to eat apple butter plain and on a biscuit. Some people think I'm crazy, but I also like to eat apple butter on sausage patties and with pinto beans. Mmmm Mmmm.
How do you eat your apple butter?