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October 16, 2009 / Tony

Bourbon Apple Butter


The apple harvest in North Dakota, at least from my small vantage point, was quite impressive.  At least four of my acquaintance stated they had an abundance of apples on their tree and desperately wanted to unload some of their bounty on me.  With so many apples and self-imposed limitation on how much apple pie I could eat, Katelyn and I had to turn some apple consumption alternatives.  Namely, we decided to can apple butter.  After an internet search of recipes and a quick tutorial on canning, we felt ready to proceed.  Here’s what we did:

Bourbon Apple Butter

10 lbs apples (weighed before coring)

4 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp kosher salt

about 4 cups sugar

about 1/3 cup bourbon

Core and quarter the apples.  You can peel if you want to but it isn’t necessary.  Place the apples in a large pot (or two) and cover with water.  Cover and bring to a boil.  When boiling, reduce the heat so the contents simmer.  Then, start looking for apple peels that are ready to be plucked out of the pot.  You’ll know because they’ll shrivel slightly and start to separate from the apple flesh.  Simmer the contents until you remove all of the peels and the apples are tender.

Separate the apples from the water.  (We found that a spider and a sieve worked well.)  Place the apples in a food processor (in batches) and process until smooth.  Place all of the processed apples into a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-low heat.

Add the cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and salt to the apples.  Also add about 3 cups of the sugar.  Stir to combine and cook for about an hour or until the mixture is thick and dark.  It should be the consistency of soft butter. 

When the mixture is the right consistency, taste it.  Add more sugar if needed.  Then add the bourbon.  Taste it again.  Adjust any seasoning.  If the consistency needs to be fixed, cook the mixture a little longer.  At this point, the mixture is ready for canning.

Here’s some pictures:















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  1. nancy k b / Oct 21 2009 9:25 pm

    that stuff is awesome!!!

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