Apples such as Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Jonathan, MacIntosh and Winesap are particularly good choices when making apple butter. Apple varieties can be mixed so that the slightly different apple tastes blend, creating a delicious product. Some crockpot apple butter recipes are made using just one variety of apple. As a general rule of thumb, a dozen medium apples will weight about six pounds, and six pounds of apples generally will yield an apple butter harvest of about six pints.
Crockpot apple butter must be refrigerated, even if the jars are sealed. The temperature in a crockpot is not high enough to kill bacteria. Crockpot apple butter can be safely kept in the refrigerator for about three to four months. After that it should be discarded.
Choose only ripe apples that are free of blemishes. Make sure you wash the apples carefully before quartering the fruit and removing the stem, core and seeds. Because the apple peel holds the most flavor, you'll want to leave the peel on.
Equipment You Will Need:
One large crockpot
One long-handled stainless steel spoon
Six pint size canning jars
Tips and Techniques
Crockpots are all different. Cooking directions that work for one crockpot may not work as well with the next crockpot. Times may need to be adjusted. Keep in mind that it's important to always respect your equipment. Never leave a crockpot unattended for any length of time.
Because crockpot apple butter must be stored in the refrigerator and will not be subjected to pressure cooking or a boiling water bath, you needn't worry about using canning jars. If you have empty store-bought jelly jars or other decorative jars that you'd like to use, now is the time to do so.
As with any home canned product, remember to add a label to the apple butter. Include the date you made the crockpot apple butter and also note the expiration date, which will be approximately three months from the creation of your apple butter.
Crockpot Apple Butter Recipe
It's okay to use applesauce in place of fresh apples for this recipe. If using fresh apples, chop the apples into fine pieces before adding to the crockpot.
Ingredients You Will Need:
3 quarts of apples, chopped fine
3 cups of white granulated sugar
1 heaping teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon cloves
Place the chopped apples in the crockpot. Mix sugar, cinnamon and cloves and pour the mixture over the apples. Press the cover down tightly. The apples will cook down as they heat. Set timer on high for two hours. Then turn to low and let simmer for about eight hours.
Stir at least once every hour-or more depending on your crockpot and the type of apples used-and check often for doneness. Apple butter will be done when it reaches a golden brown color. Ladle into clean jars, adjust lids, cool and store in refrigerator.
How to Serve Crockpot Apple Butter
Crockpot apple butter can be served along with anything you would normally serve applesauce with. For a delicious treat, serve crockpot apple butter over ice cream or drop a scoop on your pancakes in place of butter. For a sensational taste, drizzle hot syrup over the apple butter and add a sprinkle of crushed walnuts.
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