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How to Make Apple Butter

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When I came home for the holidays, I found a few bags of apples sitting in the garage- sweet, homegrown apples in more quantity than my parents know what to do with. So I decided to make apple butter.

I'd never made apple butter before, but based on cursory internet research, it seemed to be just spiced, caramelized applesauce.
Which, I can now tell you, it is. I made it and it turned out great: melt-on-your tongue spiced apple!

My recipe took twelve hours of crock pot time and was very easy.
 
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Step 1: Ingredients & Equipment

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Apples! Lots of them. Fill up your crock pot! (These should be sweet apples; or otherwise you'll have to add sugar later.)
Crock pot
Wooden spoon
Spices- I used ginger, cinnamon, and clove
Brown sugar, if you want to sweeten it
Water

Step 2: Prepare Apples

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Wash them core them, slice them.
You don't have to cut them any smaller than slices; they'll cook down.
(Cut them smaller if you're in a hurry; they'll cook faster.)

If you want, peel the apples.
I didn't, and I haven't found the skins to be obnoxious; rather, it adds texture.
However, if you want to take the time, go ahead and peel the skins off.

Step 3: Put it in the Crock Pot

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Put all of the cut up apples in the crock pot.
Add a little bit of water. This is just to keep the apples from sticking to the bottom; we'll try to evaporate it out later.

Cover crock pot and cook on high for 3 hours, stirring occasionally (once an hour or so).
shazni1 year ago
Can I pressure cook it so it would be faster?
SelkeyMoonbeam (author)  shazni1 year ago
Haven't tried it.. it seems like you should be able to, to get it to the applesauce stage. I'm not sure if it would work from the applesauce to apple butter stage. Let me know!
rich_engr1 year ago
Traditional apple butter is made over an open fire in a large kettle with the help of family and friends. http://www.asimplehomecook.com/making-old-fashioned-apple-butter/
Thergox2 years ago
I've never heard of apple butter! I usually do bakery -- This would be an interesting new approach to cooking! Excellent Instructable as always, SelkeyMoonbeam!