Day Seven: Apple Butter

This is Day Seven of a 9 day series featuring apples. Click here to start reading at the beginning of the series.

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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.

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Measure the sugar and spices into a bowl.

 

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Cinnamon

 

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Aww, it’s a heart. 🙂

 

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Salt

 

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Cloves. Then mix the dry ingredients together.

 

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Chop five pounds of apples into a three quart slow cooker. (We figured three medium apples equaled about one pound.)

 

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Then stir the sugar combination in to the apples. We split the apples in half to make it easier to stir!

 

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Oh, it tastes so, so good at this stage!!

 

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Cover and cook on high for one hour.

 

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Leaving the lid on, cook on low for 9-11 hours, until it’s dark brown and thickened.

 

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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.

 

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Serve with piping hot biscuits or toasted bread. Or get creative, and serve it over vanilla ice cream or stir it into a smoothie!

 

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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

 

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~Kerstin, Elisabeth, and Gabrielle

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5 thoughts on “Day Seven: Apple Butter

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