Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Homemade Crock Pot Apple Butter {A Recipe Makeover}

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I originally published my recipe for this Homemade Crock Pot Apple Butter in October of last year.  But I decided that it was time to give this recipe a makeover.  I didn't really change anything about my original recipe, but I knew the photos desperately needed a makeover.  
I have learned so much in the past year about food styling, lighting, angles, and I knew I could do so much better for this tasty apple butter.  In fact, it deserved better. ;)

And because everyone loves to see before and after shots when we are talking about makeovers, here is one from my post almost a year ago...
A world of difference one year of blogging makes, right??

Apples are a weekly staple at my local farmers market now, and I knew it was time to start slow cooking my homemade apple butter again.  Not to mention everyone is googling this right now!  Not even kidding- 8 out of the top 10 search terms that are bringing people to my blog recently have had something to do with apple butter or making apple butter in the Crock Pot.
I say, give the people what they want! :)

This apple butter is absolutely delicious.  And it is so easy to make once you have all the peeling, coring, and chopping done.  We have it even easier this year since I was able to snag one of those nifty Pampered Chef all-in-one apple corer, peeler, and slicers at a garage sale earlier this summer...


Homemade Apple Butter in the Crock Pot

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6-8 hours
Ingredients 
  • 8-10 apples- peeled, cored, and chopped or sliced
  • 3/4 cup of apple juice
  • 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
Instructions
Toss the chopped or sliced apples in the Crock Pot. Then pour in the apple juice. Dump in the brown sugar and the ground spices and then stir to mix. Add your cinnamon sticks to the mixture.

Turn your Crock Pot on low and cook for 6-8 hours. Every hour or so, stir the mixture to make sure the cinnamon is getting mixed in well.

Remove the cinnamon sticks and then ladle about half of the cooked down apples to a blender. Blend until smooth. Mix back into the slow cooker with the remaining cooked down apples and spices. If you prefer a completely smooth apple butter, puree it all in batches in a blender. **Note please make sure to let the apples cool slightly in the blender before placing the lid on and blending. The heat from the apples will cause the lid of the blender to get vacuum sealed on if you try to blend them before they have cooled somewhat.

You can choose to can your apple butter or refrigerate it and use within 2 weeks. I typically do not can this as it makes a small batch, and it almost always gone within two weeks in my house.
Enjoy!
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This does not make a huge batch.  I was able to get one full pint jar and a one smaller 4 oz jar from this.  You could double the recipe to make a bit more for sharing.  16-20 apples would definitely fit if you have a 6 quart or larger slow cooker.  

Like I mentioned in the actual recipe above, I rarely can this because we are pretty much guaranteed to go through this small batch within a couple of weeks.  You could can this apple butter though if you are doubling the batch and want to save a couple as hostess gifts. 

Have you made my Homemade Crock Pot Apple Butter before?  What did you think? :)

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