This week I was a happy recipient of lots of fresh organic apples! I love baking with apples so I’ve been enjoying them and making old and new recipes. Yesterday I made a fresh batch of apple butter in the crockpot all day and canned it when I got home last night from church. I was encouraged to share the recipe on my blog, so here it is.
5 lbs apples peeled, (about 18-20 small apples) cored and chopped very small
4 cups of sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
First peel and core your apples. Then I put mine in my food processor with a chopping blade and pulsed it until it was small pieces. Although, just chopping by hand is fine also. Next I put the apples into the crockpot and put all of the rest of the ingredients in and stirred. Once the apples are totally coated I turned the crockpot on high for 3 hours.
I was around the kitchen the whole 3 hours and would stop and stir the mixture every 30-45 minutes. After three hours I turned it on low for 5 1/2-6 hours, stirring whenever I thought about it. Finally, I spooned the cooked apples into my food processor and puréed them. A blender would also work well.
Once it is puréed it is ready to can or just put in jars and then refrigerate to be given away. After canning they will keep for months to use as gifts. I’ve seen most sites say apple butter stays good canned for 18-24 months. I will be gifting mine a bit sooner and have one jar in the fridge being used right now 🙂
It tastes amazing on biscuits! Thanks for stopping by 🙂