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Make Your Own Apple Butter – Easy Crock Pot Recipe

Canned Apple Butter

As the autumn leaves turn vibrant colors of red and yellow, it reminds me that the apple picking season is well underway.  We have about a 2 month span to collect, eat, and preserve anything we can using fresh picked apples from a local orchard.  Besides snacking on slices of crisp apples (dipped in caramel or peanut butter), our favorite apple recipe is hands down our Homemade Crock Pot Apple Butter.

Using a Pampered Chef product makes the peeling, coring, and slicing of an apple an easy task.

We live about one hour from a large Amish community, and this is where I was first introduced to the succulent taste of apple butter.  Nothing could compare to the sweetness of the apple spread on a piece of warm toast.   I decided then that I had to learn to make it on my own. So after many attempts at various recipes, this one is by far the most delicious, and least time-consuming.   As we all know, this time of the year the days go by quickly.  The garden has to have its final picking, the soil has to be prepared for next year, the kids are deep into their studies and athletics, and of course, there is less and less sunlight every day.   Now is the time to pull out that crock pot that has had its summer off, and put it to good use – even for Apple Butter.


All the ingredients in the Crock Pot, ready to cook over night.

6lbs of apples (peeled, cored, sliced) **weight before peeling**
4 cups of sugar
3 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of cloves
1/4 teaspoon of salt

Place all ingredients into a large crock pot.  Turn on high for 1 hour, then turn to low for an additional 10-11 hours.  Uncover and cook for 1 hour longer on low to thicken.

The Final Step – placing the cooked apples through the sieve

Put through a sieve to smooth out.  Makes 4-5 pints.  Freeze or can (10 minutes in a hot water bath).

Hint: Tart apples are best to use – Jonathan, McIntosh, Winesap, Cortlands, and Gala   are just a few of the varieties that we find best for making good apple butter.  Local orchards are usually a great resource as well – and are usually more than glad to tell you what varieties they grow are best for.

– Mary and Jim

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24 Comments on Make Your Own Apple Butter – Easy Crock Pot Recipe

  1. Over the weekend I paid a visit to my cousin in KY. We gathered apples from her small orchard. I would like to try this recipe. There is only one problem, I don’t have a sieve. Is there something else I could use?
    Also, about what size crockpot do you use? My largest one is a about 6 quarts.

    • An immersion blender comes in handy :-). You might also want to try plum butter in a crock. I was trying to make jam, sciatica kicked in so stirring was out of the question. Tossed everything into a crockpot and left it overnight. In the morning I used chopsticks to raise the lid off the crock to let the steam escape and thicken the fruit. Came out perfect. Because it was from a jam recipe, it was very intense and sweet. The next batch I followed a butter recipe using less sugar and the end result was a bit lighter in colour and taste. You can make peach butter too.

      Hint on the pit fruit. As long as you’ve cut the skin — like that first cut round the equator of a fruit — you can toss the fruit with pit into the pot. The flesh separates in a few hours so go fishing with a slotted spoon. You might want to count the number of whole fruit going in so you get all the pits, or not.

      Hint on skins. If you use an immersion blender afterwards, you can leave the skins on. After 12 hours in a crock, they blend in quite easily.

  2. I just found you on Facebook and started looking at your recipes. They all sound so yummy!
    Is there a way to make this recipe without using processed sugar? Like substituting honey or something? If so, what would the measurement be?

  3. I love standing over the stove but just haven’t had time this yr! I will get out both large crockpots and do this each day with the apples in cold storage! Love new recipes and my crockpot is definitely that ‘secret kitchen weapon’

  4. How many pints/half pints does this recipe make when canned? I’m new to canning, but would love to try this recipe!

  5. Thank you for sharing on Natural Living Monday! I can’t wait to see what you have going on this week!

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