When I was a kid I loved apple butter, I still do. I don’t think we had it a lot so it was more of a special treat, but I have it even less since I reached adulthood. I grew up in Ohio until seven years of age and then we moved to Florida. In all my encounters with apple butter it is always the same, a thick, creamy spread with a smooth consistency. I love it but I don’t buy it much because the grocery stores only carry these huge bottles and I get tired of it before I finish it all and I don’t want to get tired of it.
Recently, a co-worker visited Michigan and asked me if I’d like a special jam or jelly from a country store she visits there. I asked for apple butter. She returned and gave me a jar that when swirled you can see the contents move, in my experience apple butter does not move. It also contained large pulpy bits of apple like apple sauce, not the apple butter I know and love. When I opened it the contents looked even more like apple sauce. It also tasted like applesauce, but very cinnamonny. I put it on my english muffin and it tasted like applesauce on an English Muffin.
So my question is, can apple butter have different recipes/consistencies and still be apple butter? Is apple butter one of those things that is made differently in different regions - if so why would my Ohio apple butter be so much different than the Michigan stuff - it’s essentially the same region, isn’t it? Or is this what “homemade” apple butter looks like? Or did this country store just mislabel their apple sauce as apple butter?
This may not be much of a subject for lenghty discussion but I am a bit peeved that I didn’t get my apple butter fix and I want to know what went wrong.
If we need more to discuss you can tell me what kind of things I could make with my “applesauce butter” or with real apple butter should I give in and buy one of those humongous jars at the store.
Also it’s just fun to say apple butter.