An Apple Butter Tradition

Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year. It started during our almost five year stint of living in New England. The breathtaking foliage and the yearly Fall trip to the apple orchard sealed the deal. It became tradition that we would gather our friends, make a trip to the orchard together, and come back and bake apple pies. The leftover apple loot filled the canning jars with applesauce.

Our kids were little then and don’t remember those days, but it started a love of all things apple and a tradition of canning applesauce, and now apple butter, that my kids love. Their job consists of operating the apple peeler / corer. I love that they are learning the process of how it’s made and that it’s producing a healthy food option (homemade with no added sugar). 1 Corinthians 6:19 says…

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

I’m a firm believer that we need to put healthy foods into that temple. My kids learning the value of helping around the house AND the importance of eating healthy? Yes, I’ll take that! So are you ready for some easy, no fail recipes your family will love?

Apple Butter

12-15 apples
1 cup apple juice concentrate
1 tsp. cinnamon

Core and quarter apples (there’s no need to peel them) and put them in a crock pot along with the juice concentrate. Cover and cook on low for 12 hours (I like to put it on at night). Take apples out and blend. Return to pot and add cinnamon. Cook on low for one more hour. Can in jars or freeze. Makes about 7-8 1/2 pint jars.


Peel, quarter, and core as many apples as you want. Put in a pot with enough water to cover apples. Bring to a boil and boil about 15 minutes or until soft. Blend. Can or freeze.

I like to pick a variety of apples to make both apple butter and applesauce.

We’ve been in S. Africa for almost three months with no apple butter or applesauce. I can’t tell you how many times my kids have asked for both! Tradition has set in!

What Fall traditions have you created with your kids?

To instill in your kids such Godly values as helping around the house and the importance of eating healthy, I would suggest The Ballerina Bible for girls and the Skateboard Bible for boys.

Wife, mother, lover of people, photographer, knitter, blogger and world traveler, Jen Price has traveled to dozens of countries, not merely as a tourist, but rolling her sleeves up and going well off the beaten path so that she might get to know the people, learn the culture, and find the heart of the place. In 2005, Jen co-founded Ten Thousand Homes, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and homes to thousands of children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently she and her family live between South Africa and the USA. Jen continues to travel internationally, camera in tow, with more passion than ever to tell the stories of beautiful people the world sometimes forgets. You can check out her stories and photos on her blog, I Believe In Love.