Many of you are relaxing today while off for the Thanksgiving holiday. If so, I hope you’re enjoying the break.
During the Fall season I see so many apples! It doesn’t matter where you live, it seems that apples pop up by the bag at the store, calling you to make something out of them.
There are many ways you could make use of these apples, but one of my favorites is apple butter. Apple butter is like applesauce taken one step further. I don’t add sugar to my applesauce or apple butter recipes, so the sweetness comes entirely from the apples. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can shorten the time if you want to make applesauce and use the directions as listed for apple butter.
My favorite apples for applesauce or butter are McIntosh apples, but you can use what you can find. The best part about this “recipe” is that it requires very little effort and makes something delicious.
Crockpot Apple Butter
- Apples (I would try about 5 pounds, but you can make more or less depending on your crockpot.) You can use a variety of apples if you like.
- Cinnamon to taste (I start with 2-3 teaspoons and increase the proportions as it cooks. I like a lot of cinnamon since I don’t add any sugar.)
- Butter (This is optional, but I find it sticks less to the inside of the pot and gives it a richness. Try about 4-6 Tablespoons.)
- Cloves, ground (optional) I skip this most of the time, but it can add a nice taste.
- Wash and slice your apples. Lots of people peel them, but I like to leave the skin on. It is less work and tastes great. The only difference is it won’t have as smooth of a texture, but I think it makes it more rustic. You can do what you like.
- Place the sliced apples in the crockpot with the spices and butter. Stir well to combine.
- Cook on high for one hour, stir well, then turn the heat to low. Cook on low for 9-11 hours, stirring it every so often when you think of it.
- You can remove it part-way through the cooking process if you want to have applesauce. If not, keep cooking on low for the full 9-11 hours. For the last hour remove the lid and give it another stir.
- Strangely enough, this keeps great in the freezer. Even though we’re finished with our freezer meals series, you could easily store this in the freezer for later. If not, you’ll want to eat it within a few days, as there aren’t any preservatives. You could also can this if you know what you’re doing. I don’t, so you’ll have to do your own research if you’re interested in storing this long term.
Homemade apple butter is so cheap compared to purchasing it at the store. If you find it needs a bit more sweetener, you can add some sugar at the beginning, but I don’t think it needs it.
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