Apple butter begins with applesauce. Any time you have extra apples, or apples that are beginning to age a bit, quarter them and toss them into a pot with a bit of water or cider to cook down. Run them through a mill (will separate the seeds, peels and cores) and you have delicious applesauce, ready to turn into apple butter. Apples have their own sweetness, so sugar is not necessary.
You can make apple butter in a the oven or in the slow cooker. Season, put in for several hours, season and either refrigerate or put in clean, hot canning jars, seal with fresh lids and process in a boiling water bath.
¼ bushel apples 4 c. cider
Make applesauce with cider, put in heavy roaster and set oven at 225 degrees. Add 2 T. cinnamon, 2 t. cloves and add more cider as necessary to prevent drying out. Check flavor and process.
4 cups applesauce
2 t. cinnamon
½ t. cloves
Cook all day on low. Adjust seasonings and process.