Saturday, September 7, 2013

Apple Sauce vs. Apple Butter

I have always been a huge fan of apple butter. This summer, my dad gathered apples from their organic
apple tree for me. I decided to make apple butter and can it. After a little research, I noted that I needed to add a little acidity and to thin the apple butter a little to reduce the air bubbles in the jars. As I was filling the canning jars with the apple butter, I was faintly reminded of apple sauce. I was curious: what is the difference between apple sauce and apple butter?

Here are the main differences:

  • Apple sauce is prepared quickly, while apple butter cooks for a long time (up to 10 hours)
  • Apple sauce has a lighter color (shorter cooking time), while apple butter has a darker color (longer cooking time)
  • Apple sauce has water added, while apple butter has spices added
  • Apple butter is thicker and more caramelized due to the longer cooking time
  • Apple sauce is typically pureed or mashed, while apple butter is spreadable and has a smooth, thick consistency
  • Apple sauce is used as a side dish, while apple butter is used as a spread/condiment because of its rich flavor

>> Do you prefer apple sauce or apple butter??
  


2 comments:

My Wild Crazy Life said...

We actually make both here at my house. Our landlady has several heavy bearing trees that she allows us to pick a few bushels from. I make my applesauce heavy spiced so it tastes kinda like apple butter, but it's a quick cook. My apple butter is in the crock pot for 18 hours without lifting the lid. It's a very good, super easy recipe. Well easy once everything is peeled and sliced!

Katherines Corner said...

I'm all about the sauce and hubby loves the butter! yum. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

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