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  • Wed, Jul 22 2009 10:15 AM

    What apples are best for apple butter?

    I want to make some crockpot apple butter since the whole family likes it.  Which apples are the best ones to use?

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  • Wed, Jul 22 2009 11:04 AM In reply to

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    Re: What apples are best for apple butter?

    I think any cooking apple makes good apple butter.  I've made it from almost every kind of apple I can get my hands on. You can adjust the sugar in any recipe depending on how sweet the apples are.

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  • Wed, Jul 22 2009 5:39 PM In reply to

    Re: What apples are best for apple butter?

    Draw me some more directions Pat.

    What apples are "good cooking apples"?  And how would I know whether or not (and which way) to adjust the sugar?

    I can cook food, but sweets have always been a box mix or very carefully followed recipe for me!

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    Re: What apples are best for apple butter?

    http://www.paulnoll.com/Oregon/Canning/apple-variety.html

    I like to use Granny Smith for Apple butter .   its usually about 4 lbs of apples and about the same for sugar.

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  • Wed, Jul 22 2009 10:08 PM In reply to

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    Re: What apples are best for apple butter?

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    What apples are "good cooking apples"?  And how would I know whether or not (and which way) to adjust the sugar?
     

    Gayla's link is great, check that out if you haven't. Cooking apples are the tart ones. They give a better flavor for apple sauce and apple butter. You can adjust the sugar when you taste the sauce before cooking it down. If it tastes sour, add a little more until it tastes like apple sauce. The sweetness will intensify when it's cooked down. Sorry I can't do better than that! I go by the seat of my pants a lot. Smile

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  • Thu, Jul 23 2009 7:23 AM In reply to

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    Re: What apples are best for apple butter?

     I use macs or winesap. That is what grows here that are tart. I make it in the fall when the apples are ripe. I add the sugar and just keep tasting until itis sweet enough Then add spices. I make it in my heavy pot in the oven on 250. Havent done the crockpot but have read about it. Babs

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  • Thu, Jul 23 2009 12:53 PM In reply to

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    Re: What apples are best for apple butter?

    our apple trees are full I cant want for Fall to start making canned apples and make apple butter . and my DH favorite Fried pies

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  • Thu, Jul 23 2009 3:33 PM In reply to

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    We use almost anything except the really sweet ones (Red & Gold Delicious are awful), mixed with about half tart (Granny Smith is excellent). We've found that for both sauce and butter, the key to a really nice, apple-y flavor is using a mix of types of apples instead of just one. Last year we used all heirlooms, including (as someone else mentioned) a good bit of winesaps.

    We made 5 gallons of apple butter last year, so we're set for this year (thank goodness--it was a long, arduous process!), though we'll be making a few other types of butter including pumpkin and peach.

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    Re: What apples are best for apple butter?

     Fried apple pies are so tasty. Another apple that we use a lot is Cortlands. Babs

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  • Wed, Sep 26 2012 9:35 AM In reply to

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    Re: What apples are best for apple butter?

    I am bumping this one up for our readers looking for fall recipes and activities.
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