Green Thumb: Making Apple Butter

AIR DATE: 9/27/12
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- When you go to the grocery store and you buy some apple butter it probably was commercially made. But when you get apple butter like they make here at the Jackson County, Ohio, Apple Festival, you've got the real thing.

Folks at the Apple Festival say the best apples to use are Golden Delicious.

They say they don't go by the pound, they go by the bushel. And normally use 14 bushels in a copper kettle. After about nine hours of cooking, it was ready to spread on some bread.

The apple butter experts says, like most great cooks, they don't have a specific amount of sugar they put in, they just go by taste.

And they don't use cinnamon powder, they use cinnamon oil.

If you're going to make apple butter at home, no need to invest in the cinnamon oil. It can be about $20 for a little bottle. Instead, use cinnamon candy.

The butter makers shared a little secret with us. They generally put a silver dollar or two in the bottom of the kettle. They say it may scratch the bottom a little, but not enough to do any harm. And it keeps the butter from sticking.

So how do you know when the apple butter is ready? when you look in the kettle and there's no apples in there and all you see if butter.

Until next time keep your green thumb growing.

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