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Big Mama's Kettle-Made Apple Butter Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Sharon Hotchkiss
Added: Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 bushel of tart apples
1 gallon water
1 teaspoon salt
30 lbs. sugar
Bottle of oil of cinnamon

Directions:
Directions:
Start the fire, Rosie! We're making apple butter.

You'll need a really large cast iron kettle--the type that hangs from a tripod and a really long spoon for stirring. This takes all day so plan it for a weekend.
Core and cut the apples into chunks. Put them in the kettle. Hang the kettle on the tripod and build a fire. The fire should be ember hot but not high, so the sugar won't burn. Add 1 gallon of water to the apples. Stir occasionally so they won't burn. After the apples cook down and become 'saucy', add 30 lbs of sugar and a bottle of cinnamon oil to taste. Stir constantly after adding the sugar or it will burn. Adjust taste by adding more water or sugar if needed. Once you get the taste and consistency you want, rake the fire away from the kettle so the applesauce stops cooking. Bake some fresh bread and enjoy, but you're not done. You'll need to can most of it, so get busy. Hope you like apple butter because you will be eating it for a long time!

Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
All day
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Big Mama gave me this recipe one day when I visited them and they were making a kettle of it. Delicious!

 

 

 

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