I love being able to use apples that I grew to make homemade apple butter!
That’s been my breakfast of choice the past few mornings. Which I’ve been having outside on the screened porch. It’s really the only time we can go out there these days since the heat index makes it feel like 105!
This is my basic recipe for Crock Pot Apple Butter.
- 5/6 lbs of apples cored and sliced
- 4 Cups of sugar (adjust to taste as it depends on the sweetness of the apples and how sweet you like things)
- 2-3 Tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/2 Tsp. Ground Cloves
- 1/4 Tsp. Salt
Put all the apples in your crock pot. Combine all the other ingredients in a bowl and pour over the apples, stir. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour then reduce to low and cook about 8-10 hours. Stir occasionally and mash your apples with a potato masher to get a smooth consistency. Taste to adjust the sugar. Your apple butter should be dark brown and thick when done. Makes 3-4 quarts.
You can place this in hot sterilized jars and use the water bath method, but I just make one jar to use immediately and the rest I freeze. It’s supposed to keep for about 3 weeks in the fridge but honestly, it never keeps for longer than a week in my house because everyone eats it up!
This basket of apples (I don’t spray them – they may look splotchy but they’re fine) made just enough for one jar and one that I put in the freezer and I only used about 2 cups of sugar. I don’t peel my apples because I normally use organic ones, but if you use conventionally grown apples, I would peel those (I don’t peel my apples for apple pie either but I know some people don’t care for the texture of the peel).
Yummy! Hope you try the Crock Pot Apple Butter. I don’t know what I’d do without my crock pot!