Thursday, April 12, 2012

Apple Butter in the Crock-pot

Apple Butter in the Crock-pot recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen


Several years ago, I started making fruit jams, jellies, butters and sauces at home and discovered just how simple they are to make and how much better they taste than store-bought. Apple butter is my middle son's favorite jam. Lucky for me, it is the easiest of all fruit jams to make.

I used a jar of apple butter in a recipe last week and realized that I'd never shared that recipe. I'm sharing this recipe today, so that I can share a great use for this apple butter tomorrow. I've made a few different versions of apple butter; this one is my favorite. The apple flavor is not overpowered by loads of different spices and it isn't too sweet for my tastes.

When made on the stove-top, apple butter takes a considerable amount of time and effort. With a crockpot, all the hassle is removed. Simply toss in the ingredients and walk away. It really is that easy and it is the only way I make apple butter now. My favorite part of making apple butter is the fragrance in my home as it is simmering all day long.

Apple Butter in the Crock-pot
(printable recipe)

6 lbs apples, peeled and roughly chopped, I've used Gala, Fuji and Honeycrisp apples in the past
3 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Place the apples in the crockpot and top with the sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cover with lid and set to HIGH. After a few hours, uncover, stir and cover again. Continue simmering until the mixture is thickened and dark brown. Stir occasionally, as needed to prevent sticking. When the liquid is absorbed, after 8-10 hours, blend until smooth. I use an immersion blender right in the crockpot. However, you can also transfer the apple mixture to a blender and puree it that way.

Once the apple butter is pureed, you can adjust the thickness by leaving the apple butter in the crockpot on LOW and uncovering it. It will slowly thicken that way. Stir occasionally, to prevent sticking to the sides of the crockpot. I typically leave mine to simmer that way anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

When the apple butter is finished, transfer it immediately into sterile canning jars. Fill the jars to 1/4 inch from top. Seal them and process 5 minutes in boiling water bath. If you prefer not to use a hot water bath, pour melted wax over the top of the hot jars, let that cool completely and then place the lids on top.

23 comments:

  1. Great recipe, how I do love my crockpot! Does it matter what kind of apple you use?

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    1. I've used several different varieties of apples and they were all delicious. I did love the batch made with Honeycrisp apples best of all, but that is only an option when I find a serious sale on those apples!

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    2. do you add any liquids to the crock pot

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    3. You don't need to add any liquid at all.

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  2. This is great, Mary. I do my applesauce in the crockpot and this sounds like it has such great flavor and spices. My girls would love this for breakfast.

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  3. I love apple butter... my mom used to make it all the time when I was younger. I even remember the very last jar of it that she gave me as I was heading off to college... Oh how I wish I would have cherished that last jar more!!! This recipe seems so easy! May have to start making my own jars now!!

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  4. My mom made the best Apple Butter. Making it in the crockpot sounds wonderful - must give it a try!

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  5. What is the yield of this recipe?

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  6. I am now having the STRONGEST craving for using this as a vanilla ice cream topper. I blame this on your last post. :P

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    1. It is awesome that way, Joanne! I warm it slightly and then pour a bit on top of the cold ice cream.

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  7. Oh our whole family loves apple butter and this recipe sounds awesome!!

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  8. I'm going to try some of recipes for sure, and I'm going to share them with my friends.

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  9. Your apple butter looks amazing. We are still exploring all the uses of this fabulous creation!

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  10. Mary this look delicious I wanna make:))

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  11. Apple butter...heck YES!! I can't even count how many ways I could use this. I'd be happy just eating the butter plain or on a piece of toast. Yum!

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  12. You just might have given me a reason to go buy a crockpot. I do love apple butter, above all other bread spreads save lemon curd.

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  13. I love, love, love apple butter. I've never thought to make my own - yum!

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  14. Your apple butter sounds yummy. What a great way to make it. Sounds nice and easy.

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  15. I've always been curious to try this method for apple butter, thanks for sharing!

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  16. how many jars does this make? I've never canned before so will need to pick up some jars it'd be nice to know how many I should pick up. Also... what kind of jars should I look for? Will the mason kind be okay?

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    1. I use Mason jars as well. 4-5 jars should be all that you need. I'll try to remember to note the exact number the next time that I make this recipe. Good luck!

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  17. for one person ,i used small jars,,,good receipe

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  18. This sounds so good. However I cannot use white sugar or artificial sweetners. I can use Stevia but how much would I use?

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