Cooking Time:12 hours
Ingredients5 lbs. of your favorite apples - peeled, cored and cut into 1" pieces
2 c. Sugar
2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves
1 T. Lemon Juice
- Place the apples in the slow cooker.
- Sprinkle lemon juice over top apples.
- Combine the sugar, cinnamon, and cloves in a small bowl. Mix well.
- Add the sugar mixture into the slow cooker and stir.
- Cover. Cook on high 1 hour.
- Reduce heat to low and cook 9 to 11 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
- Uncover and continue cooking on low 1 hour. Stir with a whisk, if desired, to increase smoothness.
- If desired, use am immersion blender to puree the apple butter. (I prefer mine chunky though!)
- Spoon the mixture into containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze.
Note: Great to make during the holidays for gifts! This is for sure one of my favorites.
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wonder if cloves could be left out of apple butter recipe,cant find any ground and Im not fond of them any way
Wendy, you certainly could but you also can buy regular cloves and grind them in a spice grinder! I find that my spices are much fresher if I do this!
What is the yield (pints-wise) with this recipe? Thanks in advance!
Hello Susan L. If you look in the upper right hand corner of the page you will find the yield, but I am happy to share this information with you! 4 pints
Do you peel and core the apples first?
Thanks Julie for the question! Yes you would peel and core the apples first! Happy Crocking!
how long does it last in the refrigerator?
Hello Rebekah! This is a great question so I did a little research. The apple butter will last about 3 weeks in the refrigerator and 1 year in the freezer. (It doesn’t have preservatives like the store bought apple butter.) Depending on your family size, you may want to put some of the apple butter in small containers to freeze, then take out and thaw as needed. Thanks for the question and Happy Crocking!
What kind of apples would work best. My guess is Granny Smith, but I’m not used to making anything with apples. A little guidance would be appreciated. Thanks!
Hi Sheila! You can use any kind of apple you would like. I usually use Macintosh because they just have great flavor. When you buy your apples you can also ask which apples are sweetest for this time of year – those will be best for apple butter. Good luck & Happy Crocking!
Can you can this type of apple butter or can you only refrigerate or freeze it?
Can these be done in a water-bath canner to preserve? Thanks!
Can this be put in mason jars and “canned” using a boiling-water method?
Yes, you can use a hot water bath method to preserve it also. The canning book I have said to process it for 10 minutes.
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after that is done, can you give them a water bath, to store them, or does it have to be put in fridge? how long in the canner?
Brenda in step 6 it states: Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze. I have had mine in the refrig for about 3 weeks, but that is all the longer it last in my refrig as we love apple butter. Happy Crocking!
This was wonderful! I ended up adding more cinnamon and cloves and added a dash of nutmeg at the end. Will definitely make again!