This is Day Seven of a 9 day series featuring apples. Click here to start reading at the beginning of the series.
Apple butter is a beautiful old-fashioned preserve that is super simple to make! Using a slow cooker makes it easy to leave it for a while without being too fearful of it burning.
Measure the sugar and spices into a bowl.
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Cloves. Then mix the dry ingredients together.
Chop five pounds of apples into a three quart slow cooker. (We figured three medium apples equaled about one pound.)
Then stir the sugar combination in to the apples. We split the apples in half to make it easier to stir!
Oh, it tastes so, so good at this stage!!
Cover and cook on high for one hour.
Leaving the lid on, cook on low for 9-11 hours, until it’s dark brown and thickened.
When it is dark brown, uncover and cook on low for 1 hour. When it is done, you can mash it with a potato masher to make the texture a bit more smooth and spreadable. This will also thicken the apple butter considerably.
Serve with piping hot biscuits or toasted bread. Or get creative, and serve it over vanilla ice cream or stir it into a smoothie!
All-Day Apple Butter
5 1/2 pounds apples, peeled and finely chopped (basically, just fill the 3-quart crock pot full of finely chopped apples)
4 cups sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
Place apples in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; pour over apples and mix well. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 9 to 11 hours or until thickened and dark brown, stirring occasionally (stir more frequently as it thickens to prevent sticking). Uncover and cook on low 1 hour longer. If desired, stir with a wire whisk until smooth. Spoon into freezer containers, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Cover and refrigerate or freeze. Yield: 4 pints
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