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We got over 40 pounds of apples on our local apple picking adventure. Monkey man had such a great time. I loved seeing his face light every time he yanked and pulled an apple off the tree.  He really did find the work satisfying! Most of our bounty will go towards applesauce for the year but I really wanted to try something new.

Monkey

I am so excited that I had the opportunity to make apple butter this season. I’m already dreaming about how it will taste with cheese and crackers in February!  I decided to make it on my slow cooker.  It was extremely convenient to have the apple butter cook while I slept (or attempted to thanks to monkey man), but it was extremely nice to wake up to the smell of spiced apples

Homemade Apple Butter in the Slow Cooker

Cooking Time: 12 hours

Yield: 4 x 250ml Mason jars

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I only have a 3 quart sized crock pot. After this I am definitely adding a 6 quart to my wish list! If you have a larger slow cooker just adjust the amounts accordingly.  Four pounds of apples made approximately 4 cups of apple butter. I used 250 ml jars so I got 4 full jars (and a little leftover that went into the fridge).

Supplies

  • Mason jars
  • Water bath canner (if you decide to can them)
    • Jar Lifter
  • Large mouthed funnel
  • Apple peeler and corer
    • If you don’t have one you’ll have to peel your apples the old fashioned way
  • Knives
  • Tea towels
  • Emulsion blender

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds of apples
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4-1/3 of a cup of white sugar (to taste)
    • I found 1/3 cup of sugar a little too sweet for me
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp clove
  • 1/8 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp of salt

 

Instructions

  • Wash and peel your apples
    • I got myself a handy apple peeler and it made the work go by so much faster! I highly recommend it.
  • Core and cut your apples into thin slices

Peeler

  • Mix your sugars and spices into a bowl and stir using a fork until well blended
  • Pour the mixture of your apples

Crockpot

  • I set my slow cooker to high for about an hour before bed, then I switched it to low
  • Set your timer for about 10 hours and if you aren’t doing it overnight stir occasionally
  • After 10 hours use a spoon to break up the pieces
  • Cook for additional 1-2 hours depending on how thick you want your butter
  • Turn off your slow cooker and using your emulsion blender, blend until smooth
  • Scoop your butter into sterile jars

Canning Instructions

  • Prep & sterilize your jars and lids for canning
  • Fill your jars  with apple butter (leaving 1/2 inch of space)
  • Place the lids on the jar and tighten
  • Put in your water bath canner ensuring you have at least an inch covering the lids
  • If your jars are 250-500 ml in size
    • below 6000 feet elevation – 10 minutes
    • above 6000 feet elevation – 15 minutes
  • If your jars are larger than 500 ml in size
    • below 6000 feet elevation – 15 minutes
    • above 6000 feet elevation – 20 minutes

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Enjoy your apple butter on toast, pancakes or waffles, vanilla ice cream or with brie and crackers!  I am even going to experiment using it in baking.