Old Fashioned Apple Butter
20 Macintosh or Cortland apples
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 ½ tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cloves
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp vanilla
Peel apples and cut chunks directly off the core and into a large saucepan.
Cover pan and cook over medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Add sugars, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Stir to combine.
Cover and continue to cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook another 30-60 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. To test consistency, place a small amount on a plate. If no liquid separates from the apple butter, the correct consistency has been achieved.
Stir in vanilla.
If desired, allow to cool for 30 minutes and then use a blender or stick blender to smooth apple butter.
Serving size: 2 tbsp. 60 calories per serving
Hack: Apple butter will last in the refrigerator for up to 2 months or can be frozen for up to a year.