Saturday, October 5, 2013

Recipe-Crock Pot Apple Butter

This is my grandma's apple butter recipe that I modified a bit. I think she actually cooks hers on the stove, but we all know that I don't have time for that so I use my crock pot. It takes about 12 hours total so I would suggest letting it cook overnight.

Here's what you need:
Peeled and cored apples ( I filled up my 5 quart crock pot)
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp Vanilla
2 tsp. lemon juice
Honey (optional)

Fill your crock pot with apples. I used gala apples, but you can use whatever you prefer. Set the crock pot on low for 10 hours. Then mix the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt together. Pour over the top of the apples.  After two hours you can stir it into the apples and then just leave it be the rest of the 10 hours.

After the apples cook for 10 hours then add the vanilla, lemon juice and honey if you like. I just add a couple of squirts to sweeten the apple butter up. You can also add more sugar if its not sweet enough for you. It really depends on what type of apples you use. Let the apple butter cook 2 more hours on low to thicken it up without the lid on.
After the 2 hours is up you will need to blend it up. You can use a blender, an immersion blender, or a food processor. I actually used our baby food maker to blender the apple butter. I already had it out and handy....clearly I'm lazy.

Then transfer your apple butter to freezer safe containers or you could can it. I did both because I was giving some of it to my co-workers and then the rest I canned. If you are going to freeze it just pull it out about 24 hours before you plan to use it. If I would of canned it all I probably would of ended up with 7-8 1/2 pints. I realized when I was about to can what I wasn't giving away that I only had 1 1/2 pint jar left so I ran to the store real quick to grab some jars. There were 3 different sizes of jars and I grab a case of the smallest jars not even paying attention. Once I got home I realized that they were some weird size in-between 1/2 pints and pints.  Whatever works I guess.
I used a water bath canner and processed them for 20 minutes.  If you want to pressure can the apple butter you can for 8 minutes.


  1. Do you know about how many apples you used?

    1. I would say 25-30. I used average sized gala apples.

    2. I would say 25-30. I used average sized gala apples.

  2. O.M.G. this looks amazing!! And how fabulous did your house smell when you were making this? I think I can smell it from here! Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Looks amazing! I honestly might try it. I've still got a few apples on our trees out back!

  4. Sounds amazing! I've been looking for an easy recipe to try for my first time canning, I think I've found it! :)