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.
- Serves: 16 persons
- 12to 14 apples (sweet-tart, like a Winesap )
- 2cups apple cider (or juice)
- 2cups sugar
- 2teaspoons cinnamon
- 1teaspoon allspice
- 1teaspoon ground cloves
- 1teaspoon ground nutmeg
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Lightly oil a crock pot.
Step 3Don’t peel, but wash, core, and quarter the apples. Put in the crock pot. Stir in cider or juice.
Step 4Cover and cook on low for 10 to 18 hours (or high for 2 to 4 hours).
Step 5Put 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.
Step 6Stir well. Cover and cook on high for 6 to 8 hours. Stir every 2 hours.
Step 7Remove cover after 3 hours to allow fruit and juice to cook down.
Step 8Spoon into hot canning jars and process according to canning jar directions. Or spoon into freezer containers.
Step 9Allow apple butter to cool and then store in the freezer.