Maynardville's 'Apple Butter Brothers' raising money for those i

Maynardville's 'Apple Butter Brothers' raising money for those in need

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A group of guys in Maynardville believe their apple butter may just be the best around, and after tasting it, you might agree with them. A group of guys in Maynardville believe their apple butter may just be the best around, and after tasting it, you might agree with them.
They're known as the Apple Butter Brothers, members of the Union County Masons. This summer they will make and sell hundreds of jars of apple butter at area festivals and crafts shows. They're known as the Apple Butter Brothers, members of the Union County Masons. This summer they will make and sell hundreds of jars of apple butter at area festivals and crafts shows.
Making apple butter is also a pleasure and the work is shared by the group. Making apple butter is also a pleasure and the work is shared by the group.
How do you know if you're doing it right? It's all about the "bloop." How do you know if you're doing it right? It's all about the "bloop."

By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) - A group of guys in Maynardville believe their apple butter may just be the best around, and after tasting it, you might agree with them.

For many children in Union County, it's also a big help for them.

They're known as the Apple Butter Brothers, members of the Union County Masons. This summer they will make and sell hundreds of jars of apple butter at area festivals and crafts shows. 

Those dollars will benefit programs from the local Boy Scouts to shoe giveaways.

"We donate money to the local Scottish Rite shoe program," said Gary Thompson. "Scottish Rite members buy tennis shoes and give them away to kids who need shoes to attend school."

At the lodge, a closet houses some of the shoes that will be donated. Jim Chadwell says knowing they will go to a needy child is a great feeling.

"It's a feeling you'll never forget. It's really a pleasure to do it," said Chadwell.

Making apple butter is also a pleasure and the work is shared by the group. Stayman-Winesaps are the preferred apple because of their firmness and flavor.

They are peeled, cored and ground into a pulp, which is then cooked over a slow heat for hours.

How do you know if you're doing it right? It's all about the "bloop."

"As apple butter thickens and the heat's on the bottom, the heat rises and it goes bloop... bloop. You don't want it to go bloop-bloop-bloop-bloop. It's too hot," said Joe McDonald. "And you don't want it to go bloop, and five minutes later it goes bloop again. You want a consistency there of bloop... bloop... bloop."

Another way to know if it's done right is the taste. A group of high school newspaper interns shadowing us for an assignment were treated to apple butter on hot biscuits.

It seemed to have passed the taste test.

The Apple Butter Brothers are raising money for good causes and cooking up apple butter made in Tennessee.

If you'd like more information about the apple butter, contact the J.C. Baker Masonic Lodge in Maynardville. 


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