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A Beginner’s Guide to Apple Butter


5 pounds apples*

2 cups water

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 cups sugar

¾ teaspoon ground allspice

1 lemon, juiced and zested

Himalayan salt

Apple Suggestions
Fuji, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Gala, and Honeycrisp––go ahead and experiment!


  1. Do Some Core Work
    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Peel, core, and quarter apples.
  2. Let’s Soften Up
    Place apples in large pot set over medium heat and add water. Cook for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook until tender, approximately 30 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Smooth Operator
    Pour apples into blender or food processor (or use immersion blender) and purée until smooth.
  4. Add Some Spice
    Add sugar, cinnamon, allspice, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Stir to combine.
  5. Time to Thicken
    Pour apples into roasting pan. Place in oven and bake until thick, approximately 1 hour. Stir in salt to taste.
  6. Cool It Down
    Let apple butter cool to room temperature and then spoon into mason jars or other airtight containers. Will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
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