I have never done any type of canning in my life but I saw this recipe for Crockpot Apple Butter and easy directions for canning over at Mommy’s Kitchen. This happens to be one of my favorite websites because of her easy instructions AND pictures. If you recall I made Pig Candy after seeing it on Tina’s website.
Homemade Crockpot Apple Butter
1 – 48 – 50 oz jar unsweetened apple sauce or cinnamon apple sauce
3 lbs granny smith apples (diced into chips)
4 cups sugar
1 cup apple juice or cider
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp allspice
- Peel and cut apples into small chips.
- Place all ingredients in the crock pot and stir. Cover and cook on low overnight (eight to ten hours).
- In the morning remove cover, stir and taste. Add more spices or sugar if desired. Remove the lid and change the temperature to high continue cooking for about 4 more hours, uncovered, until some of the liquid is gone and the apple butter has cooked down a bit. Rule of thumb a wooden spoon should be able to stand upright when you place it in the apple butter.
- Process half pints for 5 minutes and pints for 10 minutes. The time starts once the water comes to a boil.
I pulled out my Pampered Chef Apple peeler. I love that thing and don’t get a chance to use it very often. Below is what it looked like before I went to bed.
After this cooked in the crock pot overnight I notice I had a few chunks of apples that had not been cooked down. I spooned them out and put them into the blender to dice them up. Would you believe my blender broke and it actually started SMOKING? Not because of the apples, it just seems I’ve had issues with this blender for a while. Scary! Then when I was taking the processed jars out of the boiling water, one jar slipped and splashed the boiling water on my hand. I never said I was great in the kitchen, I just make it sound like I am…hehe. My sister came over today and I gave her a jar. She just called to say it was yummy and much better than the store bought stuff she had in the fridge. The kids also enjoying having some on biscuits with dinner tonight. I think they liked knowing they helped with the apples.
This recipe yielded 9 – half pint jars. You really should give it a try. Oh and if anyone can recommend a good blender, I’ll need a new one before Christmas baking. :)