Friday, October 11, 2013

Sweet and Spicy Apple Butter

My house is smelling so great this morning. I have apple butter cooking in the slow cooker. It’s been simmering away for about 24 hours now, and is just about ready to be poured into the jars. I can hardly wait to taste that smooth, flavorful concoction!

SLOW COOKER APPLE BUTTER

15 cups peeled and sliced apples
1 1/4 cups water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Combine apples and water in large saucepan. Cook until apples are mushy. Transfer to slow cooker and add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on Low for 20 to 24 hours, stirring occasionally. If too thin after 24 hours, leave lid ajar to let moisture out until desired consistency is reached. If there are a few lumps and you want smoother apple butter, an immersion blender works great to smooth it out.

Pour into sterilized jars and seal with sterilized lids. Let stand at room temperature until cool, then place in freezer.

Makes about 4 to 6 pints.

Notes:

1) I used a mix of Gala, Jonathan, Jonamac, Macintosh and Golden Delicious apples – about 5 1/2 pounds

2) I used Splenda sugar blend and brown sugar blend.

3) If you go a bit over the 15 cups of apples, so much the better!

I hope you’ll try this one. I’ve had the recipe for many years and have made it quite a few times. It’s great to reach into the freezer and bring out a jar of deliciousness!




Oh man, oh man! This is good stuff! I ended up with 5 half-pint jars and, because I was out of that size jars, just filled the 4 pint jars halfway. As long as they're sealed well they should freeze just fine.

The last photo is of two items you really, really need to do anything like this. The funnel fits in both regular and wide-mouth jars, making filling them easy. The magnetic wand will pick up the hot lids and rings easily so you won't burn yourself.
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