Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Crockpot Apple butter in 10 hours

When I first got an apartment and a crock pot I started making apple butter. It's become a tradition and one I look forward to each year. I love that my crock pot does all the work and I really love how good my house smells while the apples are cooking and the spices are settling in. Now usually I do my apple butter overnight and into the next day.  It takes about 18 hours from start to finish and you can find out exactly how I do that here, but this year I went for a shorter method so I'll be demonstrating how to make apple butter in 10 hours. But the only one working for 10 hours is your crock pot because you'll put in about 30 minutes total prep time and can then get lots of other things done during your day.
To start with core and slice 14-16 apples.  I used a variety of Gala, Jonathon and Red Delicious.  Place these in your crock pot and pour 2 cups of apple juice or water on top.  Cover and cook on High for 4 hours.
After 4 hours you can remove the skins of the apples by running them through a food mill.  I use the medium sized grater on my mill for a buttery consistency.
Place apples back in the crock pot along with 6 cups of sugar, 6 tsp. of cinnamon, 3 tsp. of cloves and 3 tsp. of allspice.  Stir and cover.  Cook on High for 6 hours.  Stirring every 2 hours.  For the last 3 hours remove the lid from your crock pot as this allows the butter to really cook down.
When your time is up you can ladle the apple butter into jars and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.  Or you can freeze the apple butter as well.  I love the spicy flavors of this apple butter.  It taste great on toast and biscuits or you can use it in recipes like this one for an apple butter cake roll or apple butter yams.

2 comments:

Celeste Harned said...

I've seen so many of these recipes on Pinterest but its nice to find one someone has been using for years so I know it actually works!

This might seem like a silly question but what is a food mill? Is it a food processor?

Could you just peel the apples to begin with? (I have one of those apple peeler/corers you can crank and they save tons of time!)

Anonymous said...

I have always replaced 1 cups of sugar with one cup of red hots must try this recipe