Saturday, October 25, 2008

Crockpot Apple Butter

If you've been reading our blog regularly you know we have lots and lots of apples from our trees to use. A friend passed a long a crockpot apple butter recipe last week and we've made three batches so far. The taste is delicious and the recipe is so easy. Get yourself some apples and give it a try!
Crockpot Apple Butter Recipe
8 cups apples or pears (or enough to fill crockpot)
1/2-2 cups honey (to taste - we use 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves

Step 1 - Wash your apples.

Step 2 - Gather your other ingredients.

Step 3- Cut your apples into chunks leaving the skins on.

Step 4 - Add spices etc. and stir a bit. Put lid on and cook on high for 1 hour. After 1 hour turn the crockpot down to low and cook for 6-8 hours or until desired consistency. Stir occasionally.

Step 5 - Turn your crockpot off and run your chunky apple butter through a blender till smooth. This photo shows how far our apple butter cooked down before we put it in the blender.
Your apple butter should be creamy after blending...

to easily spread on your toast! YUM!!!!!

Step 6 - If you want to can your apple butter, process in a water bath for 20 minutes. With our small crockpot we get about 3 pints of apple butter per batch.

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