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Query from: apple, us, 07/27/03
Topic: COOKING      Submitted on:
What is the difference between apple sauce and apple butter?Thank you

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Response from: yasmin khan,   
Council Member on
Dear Apple

They are similar but different products. Applesauce you eat on its own. It is made of cooked apples, which are rendered into a thick sauce, often with sugar and cinnamon. You can also use it to make delicious cake, and you can make it easily at home. Core apples (you do not need to peel them); slice or quarter them. Cook/steam them in as little water as possible. Drain them, reserving the water. Put them in a blender or food processor, adding as you wish sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice. If you need more liquid, add cooking water. If you have no blender or food processor, mash them by hand--this is acceptable and some people prefer a chunky applesauce. It is a wonderful baby food, espcially without the sugar, or makes a nice addition to breakfast.

Apple butter is entirely different. With apple butter, the apples are cooked for a very long time at low heat, and usually significant quantities of cinnamon are used. This is usually produced commercially, and not made at home, since it takes a long time.

You use apple butter as you would jam.

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Response from: Hope Hope,   
Registered Member on
Apple sauce made of apples which are cooked with sugar or without sugar and cinnamon is added to them.It can be chunky as well as smooth and is a delicious baby food though enjoyed by adults equally apple butter is made by cooking apples for a long period of time till they turn brownish and can be added spices , sugar and usually is darker in color than apple sauce and is of more thick consistency compared to apple sauce also apple sauce can be used to make chutney where as apple butter can be used to make saunth or samosa /dahi bhalle chutney

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Response from: Saraswathi Thiagarajan,   
Council Member on
apple butter is thick, brown colored and prepared by adding mollases and also spices. apple sauce is thinner and do not have spices.… has the recipe for apple butter… and for apple sauce

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Response from: Kamala Swaminathan,   
Council Member on

Eventhough both apple sauce and apple butter preparation look alike, the apple sauce is prepared with water and apple butter is prepared with apple cider/juice and can be stored for long. I give below both the recipes:

Apple sauce: Ingredients: 6 apples, peeled, cored and quartered 1 cup water 1/2 vanilla bean 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 cup granulated white sugar* 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional

Instructions: To Make: Peel and core apples and cut into quarters. Place them in an enamel sauce pan with the water, lemon juice and the the 1/2 vanilla bean. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer and cook uncovered for 30 minutes to break the apples down and to thicken the sauce, stirring occasionally.


Apple Butter: Ingredients:

4 quarts apple cider 3 quarts pared and quartered cooking apples (about 4 pounds)* 2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1. Heat cider to boiling in a 5-quart Dutch oven. Boil, uncovered, until cider reduces to measure 2-quarts, about 1 1/4 hours. 2. Add apples and heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently, until apples are soft and can be broken apart with spoon, about 1 hour. (Apples can be pressed through sieve or food mill at this point for smooth apple butter.) 3. Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer,uncovered, stirring frequently, until no liquid separates from pulp, about 2 hours. 4. Heat to boiling. Pour into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-inch head space. Wipe rims of jars. Seal and process in boiling water bath 10 minutes. Makes about 3 1/2 pints Apple Butter. (Source:…)

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Response from: Ti Ti,   
Council Member on
Apple Butter:Wash and quarter apples. Add with enough water to keep from scorching and cook until soft. Push through a colander to make applesauce. For every 16 cups of applesauce, add 8 cups sugar, 3 t. cinnamon, 3/4 t. ground cloves, 1/2 t. allspice, and 1/2 c. red hot candy (The red hots are optional, but they do give the applebutter a pretty color and enhance the flavor.)Cook this mixture down. This could take 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours, depending on how much you are making. Stir frequently to prevent scorching. Pour into 1/2 pint or pint jars, leaving 1/4 headspace, and seal. Process 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner.… Apple sauce The importance of applesauce as a basic form of preparing apples for current and future use is discussed. Using a hand cranked apple peeler, the apples are peeled. They are then cut up with paring knives and cooked with sugar, water and spices over a wood stove is to produce apples sauce. The preparation of applesauce preserves is carried out. The applesauce remaining is shared by the members of the group at the end of the program.…


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Response from: Shyamala Edwards,   
Council Member on
Hi Apple,

The difference between applesauce and apple butter is that apple butter is relatively thicker, sweeter, spicier than applesauce. The important point is, apple butter has NOTHING to do with flavoured butter like herb butter or garlic butter! :) Apple butter is more a fruit spread - but not quite a jam since it doesnt contain pectin - than anything else. It can be made with applesauce, apple cider, sugar and spices.

Basic recipe for apple butter: Ingredients 2 cups unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon allspice Pinch ginger Pinch cloves

Instructions In a saucepan, combine the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour. Cool. Serve as a spread.

Basic recipe for applesauce: 1 quart Apples (peeled and sliced) 1 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp. Lemon juice Cinnamon (optional) Instructions: Put all the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook until tender. Mash the mixture using a potato masher or an electric mixer until it is smooth. Put the applesauce in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator to cool. Once cool, top with a little cinnamon.

You can use applesauce as a part or full substitute for margarine or butter while baking bread or cakes, for a low-fat treat. It can be used on pancakes, eaten with yogurt or icecream, and as a side dish with meat dishes.

Hope this answers your question!

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Response from: Krithika P,   
Council Member on
Apple butter: It is a sauce made of apples stewed down in cider.

Apple sauce: Sauce made from stewed apples.

Stew means to cook by simmering or boiling slowly. and cider is the juice pressed from apples, used as a beverage or to make other products.

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Response from: Shripriya M,   
Council Member on
Dear apple,

Apple butter is sweeter, thicker and spicier and is made by cooking down apples with apple juice and spices. Applesauce is usually made by boiling apples with lemon juice, due to which it has a more tart taste.

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Response from: Nalini K,   
Council Member on
the difference between apple/ pear sauce and apple/pear butter is one of degree, the latter being sweeter, thicker and spicier and is made by cooking down apples with apple juice and spices.

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Response from: raagam thaalam,   
Council Member on
Dear apple,the applesauce is made of stewed apples slowly in water,sweetened and blended mainly with cinnomon and if you desire add a pinch of nutmeg and ground cloves. Apple butter is made same as apple sauce except the apples are stewed slowly in the butter.

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Response from: amee modi,   
Featured Member on
apple sauce is made from puring the apple and apple butter you can use as a sweet chutney for all indian foods like samosas, kachori, behl,chaat. Just add little lime juice and salt and pepper.

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