thebrat - I think you missed the esoteric wisdom that Buck was sharing - you might call it Buck's Kitchen Wisdom - How Long Does it Need to Cook?
... akin to one of Aesop's Fables
... it is a story with a moral. While the story may have evolved around making apple butter - the true moral of the story is asking the question, "How long does anything have to cook?" And, the answer is universal, "Until it's done!"
Sorry Buck, don't think telling Katie you're a philosopher is going to get you out of helping to clean up after cooking.