Sunday, October 20, 2013

Crock Pot Apple Butter

The best part of this time of year is the apples!  I love to make a good apple butter.

Apple butter is time consuming and messy.  I've been making Crock Pot Apple Butter for a few years and have found that it tastes as good and is a lot less work.

Here's the gist of it.

Crock Pot full of Apple Sauce - I make my own by boiling apples and sending them through the Victorio Food Strainer.  Buy one if you find one cheap.

1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Pour it all into the crockpot and taste.  You may need more sugar if your apples are super tart.  If they are sweet, don't add as much sugar. 

Cook uncovered for ten hours.  Use an immersion blender and blend smooth.  Cook for an additional hour.

Put into clean jars and lid.  Put into a boiling water bath for fifteen minutes to seal.

Refrigerate any that you don't seal.  This recipe makes seven pint jars.



  1. Oops! How many apples? And do you skin, seed & quarter B-4 boiling?
    I've made yummy applesauce with ANY type apples, just by washing and halving, then simmering for, uh...dunno actually. The pot is full of mush. Then I press all, in batches through a hefty sieve. Very time comsuming...other times, to skip the milling, I'll wash, remove seeds, keep skins on and cook to an almost-mush. Then I use a slotted spoon or pinchers to get the skins. Chunky applesauce! Flavor with spices as needed.

    1. Hmmm. . . I'm not much of a measure-er! I have a huge stock pot that I fill 3/4 of the way up with apples, add water to the top and boil for an hour. The apples are still in their skins - some split - but complete mush inside. I put the whole apples in the top of the strainer, turn the handle and apple sauce comes out the bottom. It's a neat system. No peeling, no coring and you can use all sorts of different apples, including the somewhat nasty windfalls. It takes less than five minutes to make a crockpot full of applesauce after the apples are boiled. The really great thing about the food strainer is it's not electric, all "real" parts so I've had it for years and no issues. I used it to make baby food for my oldest. . . now twelve. You can't make chunky applesauce with this but I'll lose the chunks for the time saved!

  2. I have used the crockpot recipe before, but this year I stumbled upon a great idea...I can so much apple butter & apple sauce that I have all my crockpots out & going (7). This year I used my big roaster and it was awesome...I only had one "pot" to clean. Also, we like ours a little chunky, not quite so pureed...Instead of boiling the apples & putting them through the strainer, I just put them in the food processor (raw) and then cook.

    P.S. I just found your site and...I LOVE ALL YOUR IDEAS :)