Yippie Skippy! We made this yesterday and it’s to die for! You can eat it with a spoon while it’s still warm and it is so difficult not too eat too much. Even my dear hubby fell in love with it and it is not something he normally would be too crazy about.
Living in Ohio you can bet there have never been a shortage of apples in my life. My mom would take us to a local apple farm after church on Sundays for fresh apple cider, donuts and hot apple fritters. Sometimes we would get to pick apples then she would make apple butter or applesauce and can it. I loved that!
I was at the farm stand yesterday and couldn’t help myself. What the heck. My slow cooker was out anyway 🙂
Make sure to try slathering this on pancakes (especially pumpkin pancakes). It doesn’t make a huge batch, but it makes enough that you can freeze some in the plastic ball freezer jars and still have some to go right in to the fridge.
Slow Cooker Apple Butter
5 1/2 pounds apples; peeled, cored and diced
4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Combine all ingredients in large 6 qt or larger slow cooker.
2. Cook on high for 1 hour covered. No need to stir, just let it cook and keep the lid on.
3. Turn down to low and cook approximately 8 hours. Cooking time will depend on the age of your slow cooker. Mine is fairly new (less than 5 years old) so even on warm it’s pretty hot. Older slow cookers could take longer, even as long as 10-12 hours.
4. Stir apple butter occasionally while cooking and scrap the sides as it cooks down.
5. After 8 hours, whisk the apple butter to smooth out larger chunks if you wish. Mixture will be soft and should smooth out to your liking. If chunks are too large, then keep covered and cook longer. If texture of apples are to your liking, then cook 1 hour uncovered to further thicken.
Let cool and traditionally can or put into air tight, freezable containers to freeze. Keep refrigerated after opening.
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