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It is finally fall here in southeastern Michigan and fall means lots of harvest activities and lots of harvest activities means apples. Apples are my favorite fruit – I like ’em whole, sliced, chopped, stewed, in a pie, reduced into applesauce or apple butter. This year, I have big plans for our apples and so we came home with a couple of bushels.

I turned one of the bushels into five pints of apple ginger chutney and three 16oz of apple sauce. I found both recipes on Epicurious and modified them slightly for my own tastes. My versions and notes below:

Apple Ginger Chutney*


  • 4 large hard, tart apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 2 cups minced onion
  • 3/4 cups lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup minced peeled fresh gingerroot
  • 1 red bell pepper, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons dried hot red pepper flakes


  1. Chop the apples into pieces about the size of dice. Mince the ginger and bell pepper.
  2. Add all the ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened. In my case, this was about 40 minutes.
  3. According to the original recipe, it will keep in the refrigerator for two weeks. I canned it in pint jars, processing it in boiling water for about five minutes after sterilizing the jars, lids and rings.

Roasted & Spiced Apple Butter


  • 8 large** hard, tart apples
  • 2 tsps of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp of ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp of butter


Peel, core and chop the apples. Put them in a baking pan and roast for about 30 minutes until tender.

Remove from the oven and let cool briefly. Then move apples into a bowl and mix in butter and spices. Once mixed, puree in a deep bowl with an immersion blender or in a food processor. I filled roughly one 16oz mason jar (leaving about 1/4″ of headspace) with the puree and processed it for five minutes in boiling water.

*Based on this recipe
**About the size of a baseball

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