{Crock Pot} Apple Butter

September 25, 2013
Today we have our third apple recipe of the week.  Apple butter has been something that I've wanted to try for a while now.  Since, we have been apple picking twice in the last month and have just about enough apples to feed our entire block, it was a perfect time to give it a try.  It turned out pretty well.  But, I learned two things. First: cooking for shorter amount of time will give you more apple butter. I used a good amount of apples and what you see in the jar in the picture, is what came out of them.  It was pretty thick, so, next time, I will shorten the cooking time a bit, hoping this will help. Second..use the correct type of apple.  I used Macintosh, so, our apple butter was a bit tarter than we would of liked it. Lessons learned. Next time..Granny Smith or perhaps Fuji? Or a combo of different types?  Any advice? This is new territory for me :)   All in all though..very good and very easy to make.
Definitely making this one again!

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Crock Pot Apple Butter
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 hours

Ingredients:
  • 4-6 cups of apples, sliced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
Directions:
  1. Add sliced apples to your crock pot.  No need to peel them.  Pour lemon juice over apples.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 2-4 hours or until apples are soft.
  3. Mash  apples with potato masher.  Turn off pot and let them cool for 15-30 minutes.
  4. Add into your blender and puree until smooth.
  5. Put back in your crock pot  Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.  Cook uncovered for another 30-45 minutes depending on desired thickness.
  6. Store in covered container in fridge.

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