Crockpot Apple Butter

If you are not familiar with Apple Butter allow me to explain…there is no butter in Apple Butter. It’s spicy applesauce that’s cooked til it caramelizes and turns into a concentrated fruit spread for toast, muffins or in cookies or fruit bars etc.

You can use Fuji, Gala, Macintosh, Jonagold and toss in a few Granny Smith.

Peel and core 6 pounds of apples. That’s 10-12 medium apples. 

Slice or chunk apples and put in the crockpot/slow cooker.

In a bowl mix:1 cup of white sugar1 cup brown sugar (I use 1/2 dark & 1/2 light brown sugar) 

Add 1 TB of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/4 tsp salt
Later you’ll need:1 TB vanilla 

Mix sugar and spices and add to apples. Toss apples to coat.

Put the lid on the crockpot and set the crockpot on low. Next,  set your timer for 10 hours. Yes, 10 hours!

In 10 hours take the lid off and add 1 TB vanilla extract. Stir and leave uncovered simmering on low for 2 more hours.

When time’s up use an immersion hand blender or potato masher and carefully (because its dangerously hot!) smash any pieces that are left intact.

You’ll have a deep brown smooth apple spread. You can refrigerate it til its cool then pour into jars and keep refrigerated. No canning process is necessary.

This recipe makes 4 generous pints.



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4 Responses to Crockpot Apple Butter

  1. Elaine Rugg says:

    Looks, very good. Can’t wait to try it out. I used to listen to you on WGN I loved your show, and miss you so much.

  2. Linda Sue says:

    Looks good! I am planning on crock potting chocolate fudge this weekend. My momma’s stovepot recipe should work! And thanks for the post…it is always good to hear from you!!!!!

  3. Ron Fischer says:

    This the best way to make apple butter. Ijust visited my favorite orchard in western Illinois (Christ Orchard Elmwood Il check their website) to get my apples because a late frost killed all the blossoms on my 50 apple trees. I am making my apple butter using idared. Winesap, Jonathan, and some golden delicious. Then will make some mulled apple jelly. Then some Carmel apple jam. Can’t get much better tat to put this on homemade bread.
    Ron the Beeman from Orion Illinois (formerly from oak park)

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