Cut apples into 1-inch pieces. Combine apples and cider in a very large stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and boil gently for 20 minutes or until mixture is reduced by half.
Stir in sugar, spices and lemon juice. Return to a boil, reduce heat, and boil gently for about 25 minutes or until mixture is very thick. There should still be some tender apple chunks remaining.
3. Remove from heat. Ladle into sterilized jars, leaving a 1/2-inch head space. Wipe the rims with a dampened cloth and seal the jars with the lids.
Put the jars in a water bath canner or a rack in a deep kettle and add enough water to cover the jars by 2 inches. Bring to a boil and process, covered, for 10 minutes. Transfer the jars with canning tongs to a rack and let them cool. Store the apple butter in a cool, dark place for at least 1 week.