Gail Herbest Recipe

Homemade Apple Butter

By Gail Herbest Gaillee

Recipe Rating:
 21 Ratings
makes approx six cups
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Cooking Method:
Slow-Cooker/Crock Pot

Gail's Story

This is made in a Crock pot, it takes about 12 hours so I prepare it in the evening and by morning it's done, It is well worth the wait.There is nothing like homemade!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
The taste of this spicy-sweet butter brings back so many childhood memories of eating apple butter with my cousins, the Daileys. As a team we would go through what seemed like gallons of the stuff in less than a week. I hope you love this as much as I do.


5 1/2 lb
apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 c
white sugar
1/2 c
brown sugar
2 tsp
2 tsp
vanilla --- optional
1/4 tsp
ground cloves
1/4 tsp

Directions Step-By-Step

Place the chopped apples in the crock pot and add the rest of the ingredients, stir to blend well.
cover and cook on high for one hour
reduce heat to low and cook 10-11 hours, stir occasionally. Until mixture is thickened and dark brown.
Uncover and continue cooking on low for 1 hour.
Stir with whisk if desired to increase the smoothness
Spoon mixture into clean freezer containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze
**** You can add more sugar (up to 4 cups) but I like mine just a little tart but still sweet. I don't think I would ever use more than 2 cups even if the Apples are tart.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Spreads
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Gluten Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

  • Comments

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    FREDA GABLE cookin4me - Sep 26, 2010
    "OH-YUMMM", here we go again, with the memories. This was always my dads favorite. He is no longer with us but his memories are, I make this each year about apple season time. "Waste not want not", Thanks for the reminder.
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    Ann Simmons AngelJasonsMom - Sep 26, 2010
    I love apple butter. Can't wait to try! Thanks for sharing.
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    Dorthy Erlandson no1funcook - Sep 26, 2010
    I love apple butter too. Can you tell me about how much this makes? There is only two of us in my house and I don't want it coming out of our ears. lol
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    Gail Herbest Gaillee - Sep 26, 2010
    I will go back and edit the recipe and add the amount it makes, I got about 6 cups out of it this time, not an awful lot but to much just to keep in the fridge Like you there are only the 2 of us I left one in the refrigerator and froze the rest. :-)
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    Lauren Conforti Hutt5asl - Sep 26, 2010
    How long will it last in the fridge, and how long can you freeze it in the freezer? I love apple butter! Can't wait to try this. :)