Making apple butter and apple cider the 1880s way

Nothing says fall more than apple butter and apple cider! Check out how the folks at Slate Run Living Historical Farm make theirs, the 1880s way. Check out our 1880s apple butter recipe below, adapted for modern use.

Apple Butter Recipe – 1880s style

5 1/2 pounds apples (McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Cortland, and Northern Spy or a mix of any of these) – peeled, cored and finely chopped
2 cups white sugar
2 cups brown sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
Pour the mixture over the apples in the slow cooker and mix well.
Cover and cook on high 1 hour.
Reduce heat to low and cook 9 to 11 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
Uncover and continue cooking on low 1 hour. Stir with a whisk, if desired, to increase smoothness.
Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze.

Staff at Slate Run Living Historical Farm seal mutliple jars of apple butter made on the farm the way it was made in the 1880s.
Slate Run Farm staff seal jars of apple butter made the 1880s way. (David Tipton)

4 thoughts on “Making apple butter and apple cider the 1880s way

  1. Great video that describes the good times making Applebutter. It’s a great family project and friends too, Who can forget the times of toasting with each one decided what what is really needed to make it the best year ever The gathering of friends and family for this event provided lasting memories through the years. Who can forget the fresh apple butter from the kettle on homemade bread provided by those who came to participate and who had filled their campers with all the goodies we needed to celebrate and Enjoy the great Apple Butter Stirrin’ at Long Meadows Farm.

  2. Thanks, Pat! It is a great opportunity to reunite with friends and family. Do you have your own apple butter family recipe? We’d love to see it!

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