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Apple Butter

Capture the essence of fall with the rich, comforting flavors of homemade apple butter, slow-cooked to perfection in your crockpot. As crisp autumn air fills the kitchen with its enticing aroma, there’s no better time to embark on a culinary journey that celebrates the bounty of the season. In this article, we’ll delve into the art of crafting apple butter from scratch, using simple ingredients and the convenience of a crockpot to achieve a velvety smooth spread bursting with the essence of ripe apples and warm spices. Join us as we unlock the secrets to making this timeless favorite right in your own home, infusing your kitchen with the cozy charm of fall and delighting your taste buds with each spoonful of luscious apple goodness.

As the crockpot works its magic, slowly simmering the apples with sugar, spices, and a touch of citrus, the flavors meld together, intensifying into a rich and velvety spread that’s perfect for slathering on toast, stirring into oatmeal, or dolloping onto pancakes. The beauty of making apple butter in the crockpot lies in its simplicity and hands-off approach, allowing you to enjoy the process without the need for constant monitoring. Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or a novice in the kitchen, this recipe is sure to fill your home with the comforting scents of fall and leave you with a jar of homemade apple butter that’s as delicious as it is versatile. Get ready to savor the taste of autumn with each spoonful of this irresistible spread.

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In our house, we love everything apples! From our apple pie bread to our apple toffee dump cake we love it all! But one of our all-time favorites is apple butter. If you have never tried to make homemade apple butter it is definitely time. 

instant pot apple butter

This crock pot apple butter is simple to make and will make your house smell heavenly as it cooks. 

Although this recipe cooks for hours in the crock pot it only takes a few minutes of prep… I promise you will love it and want to make it all the time. 

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If you are looking for a quicker apple butter recipe you will want to try our Instant Pot Apple Butter recipe

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What is apple butter?

Apple butter is a smooth, thick, and intensely flavored spread made from apples, sugar, and spices. Unlike traditional jams or jellies, apple butter is cooked down for an extended period of time, which allows the sugars in the apples to caramelize, resulting in a deep, rich flavor and dark color. It has a velvety texture and a sweet-tart taste with warm, comforting notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Apple butter is often enjoyed spread on toast, biscuits, or pancakes, stirred into oatmeal or yogurt, or used as a filling for pies and pastries. It’s a popular autumnal treat in many parts of the world, particularly in regions where apples are abundant.

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What apples are best for apple butter?

When selecting your apples for apple butter you will want to pick a sweeter apple. We like to use Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, or red. 

If your apples are a little on the sweeter side you can use a little less sugar. 

How to make apple butter

  • Add into your crockpot,  your apples, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, vanilla & salt. Toss to coat.
  • Cook on high for 1 hour.
  • After one hour switch to low and cook for 10 hours stirring occasionally. 
  • Using an immersion blender to blend to your desired consistency.     
  • Turn your crockpot off
  • Allow apple butter to cool for 30 minutes. 
  • Move to airtight jars.  Store in the refrigerator. 
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Tips & Tricks

  1. Choose the Right Apples: Opt for a mix of sweet and tart apples, such as Honeycrisp, Fuji, or Granny Smith, for a well-balanced flavor profile. Using a variety of apples adds depth and complexity to the apple butter.
  2. Don’t Peel the Apples: Unlike some apple recipes where peeling is necessary, leaving the skins on the apples adds natural pectin, which helps thicken the apple butter and gives it a richer texture and color.
  3. Core and Slice the Apples Evenly: Remove the cores and slice the apples evenly to ensure they cook at the same rate. This helps prevent some pieces from turning mushy while others remain undercooked.
  4. Adjust the Sweetness: Taste the apple butter towards the end of the cooking process and adjust the sweetness if needed by adding more sugar or honey. Keep in mind that the sweetness will intensify as the apple butter cooks down.
  5. Add Warm Spices: Enhance the flavor of your apple butter with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. These spices complement the natural sweetness of the apples and add a cozy, autumnal aroma to the apple butter.
  6. Stir Occasionally: While the crockpot does most of the work, it’s a good idea to give the apple butter an occasional stir, especially towards the end of the cooking time, to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  7. Use the Low Setting: Cooking the apples on the low setting allows for a slow, gentle simmer, which helps develop the flavors and caramelizes the sugars in the apples without scorching them.
  8. Blend for a Smooth Texture: For a smooth and creamy texture, use an immersion blender or transfer the cooked apples to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If you prefer a chunkier texture, you can skip this step.

By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way to making a delicious batch of homemade apple butter that’s perfect for spreading, baking, or gifting to friends and family.

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Storage

Fridge

You will want to store your apple butter in an airtight jar in the fridge. When properly stored it will last about 1 month. 

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Freezer

If you make a big batch of crockpot apple butter you can easily store it in the freezer. Once cooled, place it in a freezer-safe airtight container and place in the freezer. 

I like to store in several smaller containers so I can pull one out at a time when needed and it will stay fresh longer. 

You can expect your homemade apple butter to last about 1 year in the freezer. 

apple butter

For more apple recipes, try these!

Apple Pie Iced Tea

Crock Pot Apple Dump Cake

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie Cups

Air Fryer Apple Fries

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Apple Butter Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Apple butter is a delicious homemade treat that you can easily spread on all your favorite things. This simple crockpot apple butter will become a fall favorite in your home in no time.

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs Apples, any sweet like Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Red, etc. Washed,
  • quartered and cored
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/8 TSP Salt
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Place apples into your crockpot.
  2. Add in the cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, salt & vanilla extract.
  3. Mix to combine.
  4. Cook on HIGH for 1 hour.
  5. Then switch to LOW for 10 hours. Stir occasionally.
  6. Use an immersion blender to reach the desired butter consistency
  7. Your final consistency should be smooth and a nice dark color. Much darker than applesauce color.

Notes

**This resulted in approximately 4 cups of apple butter

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

30

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 0g

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