Alberta Grown Apple Butter

We live in the most northern, large city in North America.   I am a transplant from the warm part of the west coast so  I didn’t expect Herman to be able to grow apples here.  He was determined he could and he succeeded.

Apples, Alberta, Home Grown


This apple butter very  special to me, as far as I am concerned it’s miracle apple butter.


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After growing the apples Herman made this butter for us.  This is how he did it.

First of all  wash and sterilize your jars and lids.

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Simple Apple Butter Recipe

You will need:

5 lbs apples (crab apples or small apples work well)
3/4 cup sugar (this depends on the sweetness in the apples and preference use more or less as you want.

Wash the apples and if their small cook whole, if large cut in half, don’t worry about coring or seeding.

Apple, Canning, DIY, FallPlace in a large pot and barely cover with water.  Simmer on medium heat until apples are soft and mushy.







Strain the water off.

Use a colander, cheesecloth or an potato ricer to squeeze the pulp and juice out while separating the skins, cores, etc.

Add the mushy filtered apples back into the pot, add the sugar and reheat until simmering and the sugar is thoroughly dissolved.

When still hot, pack  into the sterilized jars and seal.

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The jars will pop as the apple butter cools sealing the jars. If they fail to seal, place them in the fridge and use with a week.

The apple butter is thicker than apple sauce.  You can use it as a jam on toast, but I prefer to serve it on top of waffles or scones.

Leanna Signature





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14 thoughts on “Alberta Grown Apple Butter

    1. I lived in Kamloops for a long time, my best friend is right on the Pacific Ocean in Port Renfrew on the island. We will retire in BC as well.
      I miss the fruit farms and the wineries (insert hiccup).

    1. Hi Heidi: I use to make apple sauce, various jams and relishes, but never apple butter. Herman does the apple butter and wild cranberry jelly for us. I don’t can much at all anymore.

      Thank you for commenting.

  1. That sure sounds like some special apple butter! (I’m also wondering which city you live in, because you said “most northern,” but also big city, so I’m thinking of cities and wondering how big a city has to be to be “big.”

    1. Hi Lisa: I live in Edmonton we have a population of 1.1 million. Its one of Canada’s major cities and the most northern.
      I did not believe the apple tree would survive. It has survived two winters so far. I am very proud of that little apple tree.
      Thank you for commenting.

  2. Your apple butter looks so yummy and so pretty too in the jars! I love apple butter, it’s a big part of my autumn. Last year I made some and I hope I’ll get to make some this year as well! We used to live in Ontario, but now moved to Spain, I miss Canada! Alberta is so beautiful, I’ve been to Calgary & Banff and loved it!

    1. Wow Katrin. We could not live much farther apart. Apple butter is one of those simple pleasures and I don’t believe you can buy it commercially.
      I would love to see Spain and some other parts of Europe. Not sure if it will ever happen though. Sighhh…

  3. Leanna, you sure have a gem of a husband. How cool that he decided to plant and grow his own apples. I have been thinking about getting some columnar apple trees for our backyard. They don’t take up a lot of room so it would be a tree that would fit in our garden area. I’ve never made apple butter but I am pinning this recipe so I can try it for us this fall. It looks delicious.

    1. Hi Nikki: That apple tree is his baby let me tell you. This apple butter he makes is really very good. Not too sweet. Thanks for commenting lady.

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