Friday, November 2, 2012

Crockpot Apple Butter

I will start off by saying that if you want to make apple butter, but don't have a plethora of apples, just use premade applesauce.  (P.S. I totally snuck some pears into this batch)

Get out everything you will need:

Step 1:  Make Applesauce.

Slice up your apples:
Cook the apples:

This is a PIA if you use the sieve thing that my friend and I used this go around. 
My best suggestion is find yourself an apple peeler/corer/slicer and then after you cook the apples, put them in the food processor to make the applesauce. (See below)

Measure out your applesauce and dump 5 qts into your crockpot

Add 2 cups sugar, 2 tbsp Cinnamon, 1 tbsp cloves, 1 tsp Allspice, 1 container of concentrate juice (I used Apple) and 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

Set the vented crockpot to 'low' or 'keep warm' and stir occasionally.  You want to let it be vented so it will release steam and become thicker in the cooking process.  I normally try to cook for 24 hours.  In the cooking process, I will take some out of the crock and blend it to get nice and smooth and then return back to the cooking process. 

When you are happy with the taste (you can always add more spices, ACV or sugar) then jar and refrigerate! 

Don't forget to eat some while its warm!!!
* Note- I don't seal my jars, rather just keep them refrigerated! Keeps good for a couple months.

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