Slow-Cooker Apple Butter
Wake-up to the glorious aroma of homemade apple butter with a simple recipe that captures the flavors of fall!
So easy to make, just pop all of the ingredients into your crockpot before bed and wake up to a special treat your whole family will love!
Apple butter also makes a great appetizer – either as a dip served alongside graham crackers and fresh fruit slices – or you can place a thick layer of apple butter on top of a block of cream cheese and serve it alongside your favorite crackers. Yum!
And, with the holidays fast approaching, homemade apple butter also makes a delicious and thoughtful gift!
Easy Slow-Cooker Apple Butter
10 large apples (I prefer a mix of sweet and tart apples)
2 cups unfiltered apple juice
1 1/2 cups pure dark maple syrup
1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice (about 2 small lemons)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 tsp allspice
Peel and core apples. Then cut them into bite-sized pieces. (One large apple yields approximately one cup of cored diced apples. So if you’re using small or medium apples, simply use about 10-12 cups of diced apples.)
Add the diced apples to the crockpot. Then add all remaining ingredients. Stir well to combine. Cover and cook on high for one hour, stirring once or twice. Mixture should be bubbly after an hour. If not, allow it to continue to cook until it comes to a bubbly simmer. Then reduce heat to low and cook the apples an additional hour.
Remove the cover, stir the mixture and then set the cover back on slightly ajar, so some steam can escape during the remainder of the cooking time. Then continue to cook the apple butter on low (with cover ajar) until it’s dark brown and thick (about 8-9 hours).
Turn off the crockpot, stir the apple butter and then allow it to cool to room temperature. If you prefer a smooth (less chunky) apple butter, use an immersion blender, or place the apple butter in a food processor for a quick whirl, to create a smoother texture.
Then, transfer the apple butter to half-pint or pint-sized mason jars. Makes 12 half-pint or six pint-sized jars. Store in refrigerator for up to two weeks. (Or you can preserve the apple butter longer using the classic hot water bath canning method.)
Happy Fall Blessings to you and yours!
Kelly @ The Nourishing Home