Spiced Apple Butter Canning Recipe

Spiced Apple Butter Canning Recipe


  • 12 cups of apples, peeled, cored, and chopped (a mix of sweet and tart apples)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 6 Weck or Le Parfait Jars, sterilized with lids and rubber gaskets


Prepare the Jars:

  1. Ensure your Weck or Le Parfait jars, glass lids, and rubber gaskets are clean and sanitized. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for sterilizing and sealing the jars.

Prepare the Apples:

  1. Peel, core, and chop the apples. You should have approximately 12 cups of chopped apples.

Cook the Apple Mixture:

  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, combine the chopped apples, granulated sugar, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, salt, and lemon juice.
  2. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.
  3. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the apples are soft and the mixture thickens. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  4. Use an immersion blender or a regular blender to puree the mixture until it's smooth. Be cautious, as it will be hot.

Fill the Jars:

  1. Carefully remove a hot Weck or Le Parfait jar from the sterilizing bath, empty any water inside, and place it on a clean kitchen towel.
  2. Fill the hot jar with the hot apple butter, leaving about 1/4-inch of headspace.
  3. Wipe the rim of the jar with a clean, damp cloth to ensure a clean seal.
  4. Place a sterilized glass lid on top and secure it with the appropriate clamps or bands to hold it in place, depending on whether you're using Weck or Le Parfait jars.
  5. Repeat this process for the remaining jars, ensuring they are filled while both the apple butter and jars are still hot.

Process the Jars:

  1. Place the filled Weck or Le Parfait jars in a large canning pot or water bath canner, ensuring they are fully submerged in water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil, and once boiling, process the jars for 10-15 minutes, adjusting for your altitude (consult canning guidelines for details).
  3. After processing, turn off the heat, remove the canner lid, and let the jars sit for 5 minutes before carefully removing them from the water bath.
  4. Place the hot jars on a clean kitchen towel or cooling rack to cool completely. You will hear a "pop" as each jar's seal creates a vacuum.

Check the Seals:

  1. Once the jars have cooled, press down on the center of each lid. If it doesn't flex or make a popping sound, the jar is sealed correctly. If a lid does flex or make a popping sound, it hasn't sealed, and you should refrigerate and consume the contents within a few weeks.

Label and Store:

  1. Label your sealed Weck or Le Parfait jars with the date and store them in a cool, dark, and dry place.


Your homemade Spiced Apple Butter in Weck or Le Parfait jars is perfect for spreading on toast, biscuits, or pancakes. It can also be used as a topping for ice cream, yogurt, or oatmeal, or incorporated into your favorite recipes. These preserved jars make lovely gifts as well.


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