Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe







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Posted on Sep 17 2014 - 11:00am by Jill
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How about changing the way you look at your toast, English Muffins, waffles, other breakfast foods and sandwiches? Changing from regular butter, margarine, or jams to apple butter you can jazz up these simple dishes, and more! With this easy to make, tasty, and long lasting Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe you are sure to please everyone at your table. Then, the only question that will remain will be where did all the apple butter go? 

Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe

This recipe is a fun family favorite where we all help make it, then overnight it magically cooks and we all wake up to the delightful smell of fresh apple butter in the morning.  Then, for the next few months we have enough apple butter for all of our toasting, waffling, pancake topping, sandwich, and snacking needs so I tend to make multiple batches at one time. 

Ingredients:

To make this delightful recipe you will need the following ingredients for a single batch:

  • 13 cups (about 6 to 7 pounds) of apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg, ground
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of cloves, ground
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, ground
  • 16 ounces of apple cider (see Apple Cider Note) 

Tools and Appliances:

To following tools and appliances will make this recipe easier to make:

Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe

Notes on Apples and their preparation:

Start by selecting your desired types of apples to use. Over the years I have found that using all one type of apples makes for a somewhat bland apple butter, so I recommend putting two or three different types of apples in your apple butter. To make it even more delicious, we go apple picking at some apple orchards every fall. The fresh selection and varieties vary each year, but this family tradition makes it taste that much sweeter when we get to hand select the apples we are using. 

Apple Cider Note:

To add extra flavor to your apple butter I recommend the use of your favorite apple cider.  We have apple cider on hand when it gets cold because we live rural and up in the mountains and during the fall and winter it can get mighty cold for days or weeks on end.  To warm up, we use Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider Keurig K-Cups. You can use any apple cider your family enjoys, just remember that the apple cider can be the key to a masterful flavor in your apple butter, so please keep the flavor of your cider in mind when using it as some can be very sweet while others can be spicy. 

Cooking Preparation:

To prepare your crock pot for this recipe, use either a crock pot cooking bag or spray your crock pot with cooking spray. Personally I use the cooking spray option to help make it easier to clean up afterwards. I would also recommend using at least and 8-quart crock pot to make larger batches. 

Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe

Cooking Directions

This recipe is best make is large batches, so feel free to double the recipe if you have a large enough crock pot. This is a recipe that has been a yearly family tradition for as long as I can remember and the recipe was handed down from a family member. Follow these easy steps to make your very own delicious DIY Crock Pot Apple Butter: 

  1. As you are peeling, coring, and slicing your apples, lay them out in rows and stack them nicely.  By stacking them you will promote a more even reduction as opposed to simply throwing them all in at once in a big pile. I would also recommend varying the apples you use.  In this batch pictured I used orchard picked (by Beck, Elizabeth, my husband, and myself) Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Empire, and Johnathan apples. 
  2. Then, once the layer in completed, mix the sugars, ground nutmeg, salt, ground cloves, and ground cinnamon until it is thoroughly mixed.  Sometimes I do this step while Beck is peeling apples, my husband is slicing and coring them, and Elizabeth and I are stacking them.  This makes the preparation a family affair after a fun day of apple picking. Finish this step by evenly sprinkling the mixture over the top of all the apples. 
  3. Once the mixture is distributed, make 16 ounces of your favorite apple cider. For us it was two K-Cups.  Once your cider is ready, pour it carefully over the apples even throughout the crock pot so as to not wash all the mixture off. 
  4. Next, put the cover on and cook on low for 10 hours. I have tried this on high, but the batches on low always taste better. Then head to bed for a great night’s sleep. When you awake your house will smell wonderful! 
  5. After 10 hours check your apple butter.  Use a spoon, potato masher (that is what I use since my family tends to like their apple butter texture on the chunky side), or blender to lightly mash any big chunks.  
  6. If your apple butter has coked off 90-95% of its liquid to the point that you can stick a spoon into it and it will stay up on its own, then it is done.  Otherwise, cover it and cook it a little while longer and check it periodically. 
  7. Once your apple butter is completed cooking, uncover it and allow it to cook down.  Once it is mostly cool you can distribute it into as many containers as you want to store it. I like to use mason jars.  I place one in the refrigerator for use and freeze the others to store them. I have not determined how long it will last in the refrigerator because it is a family favorite and gets used ( I would guess 2-3 weeks), but I do know that it has lasted about 3 months in the freezer when jarred properly.

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Crock Pot Apple Butter
A delicious and easy way to make apple butter at home!
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 13 cups (about 6 to 7 pounds) of apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  2. 1 cup of white sugar
  3. 1 cup of light brown sugar
  4. ½ teaspoon of nutmeg, ground
  5. ¼ teaspoon of salt
  6. ¼ teaspoon of cloves, ground
  7. 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, ground
  8. 16 ounces of apple cider (see Apple Cider Note)
Instructions
  1. As you are peeling, coring, and slicing your apples, lay them out in rows and stack them nicely. By stacking them you will promote a more even reduction as opposed to simply throwing them all in at once in a big pile. I would also recommend varying the apples you use. In this batch pictured I used orchard picked (by Beck, Elizabeth, my husband, and myself) Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Empire, and Johnathan apples.
  2. Then, once the layer in completed, mix the sugars, ground nutmeg, salt, ground cloves, and ground cinnamon until it is thoroughly mixed. Sometimes I do this step while Beck is peeling apples, my husband is slicing and coring them, and Elizabeth and I are stacking them. This makes the preparation a family affair after a fun day of apple picking. Finish this step by evenly sprinkling the mixture over the top of all the apples.
  3. Once the mixture is distributed, make 16 ounces of your favorite apple cider. For us it was two K-Cups. Once your cider is ready, pour it carefully over the apples even throughout the crock pot so as to not wash all the mixture off.
  4. Next, put the cover on and cook on low for 10 hours. I have tried this on high, but the batches on low always taste better. Then head to bed for a great night’s sleep. When you awake your house will smell wonderful!
  5. After 10 hours check your apple butter. Use a spoon, potato masher (that is what I use since my family tends to like their apple butter texture on the chunky side), or blender to lightly mash any big chunks.
  6. If your apple butter has coked off 90-95% of its liquid to the point that you can stick a spoon into it and it will stay up on its own, then it is done. Otherwise, cover it and cook it a little while longer and check it periodically.
  7. Once your apple butter is completed cooking, uncover it and allow it to cook down. Once it is mostly cool you can distribute it into as many containers as you want to store it. I like to use mason jars. I place one in the refrigerator for use and freeze the others to store them. I have not determined how long it will last in the refrigerator because it is a family favorite and gets used ( I would guess 2-3 weeks), but I do know that it has lasted about 3 months in the freezer when jarred properly.
Apple Cider Note
  1. To add extra flavor to your apple butter I recommend the use of your favorite apple cider. We have apple cider on hand when it gets cold because we live rural and up in the mountains and during the fall and winter it can get mighty cold for days or weeks on end. To warm up, we use Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider Keurig K-Cups. You can use any apple cider your family enjoys, just remember that the apple cider can be the key to a masterful flavor in your apple butter, so please keep the flavor of your cider in mind when using it as some can be very sweet while others can be spicy.
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Is your family going to head out to the apple orchard and make some Crock Pot Apple Butter this year?  If so, what apple varieties did you find tasted the best?

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