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crock pot apple butter

(5 ratings)
Kitchen Crew
By Kitchen Crew

There's nothing like a homemade spread. And apple butter in the fall or winter is absolutely delicious! If you've never canned before, this is a good place to start.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This homemade apple butter recipe makes some of the best apple butter we've ever eaten. It turns out rich and silky. While this was simmering in the Crock Pot, it made the Test Kitchen smell like apple cider. It's a really easy to make apple butter recipe. The Crock Pot does the hard work (just check and stir occasionally). When it's done, don't wait until it's canned to give it a try. Spread some of it warm on a piece of toast... it's so good.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(5 ratings)
yield 6 -7 8oz. jars
prep time 35 Min
cook time 6 Hr 15 Min
method Canning/Preserving

Ingredients For crock pot apple butter

  • 8
    apples; 4 Granny Smith and 4 McIntosh, peeled and cubed
  • 4 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    ground cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 6 - 7
    8 oz. canning jars with lids and rings, sterilized
  • boiling water

How To Make crock pot apple butter

  • Chopped apples, sugar, and spices added to the Crock Pot.
    Add all ingredients to a Crock Pot and stir.
  • Putting the lid on the Crock Pot.
    Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce to low.
  • Apples after they have cooked in the Crock Pot.
    Cook for approximately 5 hours, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft and dark golden brown.
  • Pureeing the apples in a blender.
    Transfer mixture to a blender. Puree.
  • Adding pureed apples back to the Crock Pot.
    Pour puree back into the Crock Pot. Mix well.
  • Stirring pureed apples in the Crock Pot.
    Cook on low until thick.
  • Stirring apple butter into glass jars.
    Spoon or scoop into hot, sterilized jars, leaving a 3/4 inch space at the top.
  • Poking air bubble holes in the apple butter.
    Use a knife to poke at the apple butter in the jars to remove air bubbles. Wipe the jar rims with a wet paper towel to clean them up.
  • Putting a lid on the jar.
    Secure with rings and lids.
  • Placing jars in a water bath.
    Place in a boiling water bath, making sure jars are covered with water by about 3 inches. Let sit 15 minutes.
  • Processed jars cooling on a towel.
    Remove jars from the water bath and set them on a towel to cool. You will hear the "pop" almost immediately. Check the seals to make sure they are sealed. Let cool completely.