Old-Fashioned Apple Butter

Old-Fashioned Apple Butter

This flavorful, homemade apple butter requires little effort to make and tastes like you worked all day. Cooking it in the crock pot is the secret.
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  • Serves: 16 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Lightly oil a crock pot.
  3. Step 3

    Don’t peel, but wash, core, and quarter the apples. Put in the crock pot. Stir in cider or juice.
  4. Step 4

    Cover and cook on low for 10 to 18 hours (or high for 2 to 4 hours).
  5. Step 5

    Put soft fruit in a food mill to remove skins. Measure fruit back into the crock pot. For each pint (2 cups) of fruit, add 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg.
  6. Step 6

    Stir well. Cover and cook on high for 6 to 8 hours. Stir every 2 hours.
  7. Step 7

    Remove cover after 3 hours to allow fruit and juice to cook down.
  8. Step 8

    Spoon into hot canning jars and process according to canning jar directions. Or spoon into freezer containers.
  9. Step 9

    Allow apple butter to cool and then store in the freezer.
  10. Step 10