Don’t you just love Fall?
Crisp cool mornings, falling leaves, crunchy leaf piles, apple orchards, pumpkin everything?
Without a doubt Fall is definitely my favorite season, and one of the traditions we have here, is to fill the freezer and my canning jars with lots of apple goodness.
One of our favorites things to make is Apple Butter.
Homemade apple butter is so good! Traditionally it is a notoriously long process, and used to require a lot of stirring. All day long stirring!
In order to get it to that wonderful buttery consistency it has to cook for a long time to reduce the apples down to the right thickness for that spreadable butter that we all love.
Fortunately with a crock pot you can do this, and not stand there all day stirring, in fact you could go get groceries, go outside and gather up the rest of the goodies in your garden, clean house or even have a long nap! No worries about scorching or stirring!
If you wanted to you can not cook as long and leave it a little thinner for apple sauce, totally up to you, but here are the instructions for your apple butter.
Crock Pot Apple Butter
Enough peeled and sliced apples to fill a crock pot. In this case I used a very full plastic grocery bag.
Wash your apples, peel and slice. Make life easier and buy an apple slicer peeler, it makes quick work of an otherwise monotonous job!
Place the cover on and cook the apples on high for 3 hours.
After this add 1 cup of brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves
Then puree with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, the immersion blender is much easier, as you can do it right in the crock pot without removing the apples. You can pick these handy little devices at Walmart for just $10.00 to $15.00, and they are so worth the money!
This is what it should look like when you have pureed the mixture.
Once your mixture is pureed, leave the lid off and cook mixture on high for another three to four hours. This will let it thicken up.
Then all that has to be done is to pour into hot sterilized jars, place on lids and process in a hot water bath canner for 25 minutes.
That’s all there is to it! This gave me a total of 5 1/2 pints. If you wanted to do it on a larger scale, you could get two crock pots going. Either way its a simple way to add to the family stock pile for winter. You will be glad you did when you are eating your warm apple butter toast and a hot cup of coffee one of these winter mornings!