So here is the deal: Your husband wants to watch his favorite football team on TV and you want to keep him company, but you feel you must accomplish something. Making Apple Butter can be accomplished (mostly) in the front of the TV. It is easy, but certain parts are a bit time consuming, so why not watch TV while you are doing it?
Apple Butter Basic Recipe
Peal, quarter and core enough apples to fill a 6-8 quart (QT) heavy pot (saucepan) about 2/3’s full.
(Do not add water or anything.)
Cook, stirring regularly but not constantly, until apples are soft and mushy.
Add 2 cups sugar, 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves.
Simmer (low boil) stirring regularly but not constantly for 20-30 minutes.
During this time use a potato masher to smash any apple chunks that may be in the mixture.
Meanwhile wash and boil jelly jars, rims and lids.
Fill jelly jars using a wide-mouth food funnel leaving ¾ inch headspace, wipe rims of jar clean, place lids on top, and tighten rims.
Place jars in a canner or large pot, fill canner with water so that water covers jars by at least ¾ inch, bring water to a boil and boil (process) 10 minutes for jelly jars and 15 minutes for pint jars.
Remove jars from canner, keeping upright, set on counter and listen to the lids pop as they seal.
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