Yesterday I shared how to make and can homemade applesauce. Today I am going to take that process one step (well, maybe a couple of steps) further and show you how to make crockpot apple butter.
When my in-laws gave us 6 buckets of apples (with more to come) they asked me if I would make them a few jars of apple butter in return. No problem!
The apples I used for the apple butter and applesauce were Jonathan apples.
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Joshua and Joseph were big helpers and seemed to enjoy running the apples through our Victorio food strainer (affiliate link).
To make apple butter you first need to make applesauce so I really encourage you to read my post on making applesauce.
After making a bunch of applesauce I filled my large crockpot with 16 cups of applesauce.
Then I added 8 cups of sugar, 4 teaspoons of cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves.
I mixed all of the ingredients together and turned the crockpot on low overnight.
When I woke up in the morning this is what the apple butter looked like but it was still a little watery. So, I took the lid off and let it cook for another few hours.
After probably 12-14 hours of cooking on low the apple butter was ready to be processed in jars.
I ladled the hot apple butter into hot jars, wiped the rims with a damp paper towel, and added lids and rings.
The jars went into my water bath canner (affiliate link) for 10 minutes (after the water in the canning was at a rolling boil).
Please check out my post on canning tomato sauce for more details about how to use a water bath canner.
When all was said and done I ended up with 14 pints and 10 jelly jars of apple butter.
It really is yummy. The great thing about using the crockpot is that I didn’t have to stand around and babysit the apple butter while it was cooking.
Here’s the recipe in printable format.
Have you ever made apple butter in the crockpot?