Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Butter
When I think of fall my mind automatically goes to apple orchards, so there isn’t anything better in my mind than a sink full of freshly picked apples! My mind races….what to do with them? Apple crisp? Applesauce? Apple pie? All of them are fabulous but this year it’s time to make apple butter. If you’ve never made it before because you think it’s intimidating or maybe too hard, think again! This was honestly the easiest recipe I’ve ever done and it came out perfect! If you have a slow cooker, this recipe is for you!
This recipe will make about six cups of apple butter.
- I used about 6.5 pounds of apples and I peeled, cored and sliced them all (by hand, yikes! If you don’t want to do them by hand, invest in an apple peeler!)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar (if you like yours sweeter, you can add more sugar, or less!)
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon (or you can throw in a few cinnamon sticks, it’s up to you!)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Place all your cut apples in your slow cooker. I HIGHLY suggest using the slow cooker liners! They make clean up a breeze, especially after you’ve had apples cooking all day in it. Less mess!
Add the sugars, cinnamon, vanilla and salt to your apples in the slow cooker. Doesn’t that look amazing? I can smell it already! Cook in the slow cooker for 10 hours on low. Make sure you stir them every couple hours to keep it all even. When it’s finished cooking, your apples should be a dark brown color and very thick. Take your apples out of the slow cooker and place into a blender or food processor to blend smooth. Now, this is up to you on the texture that you like! We like ours very smooth so just keep going until it’s how you like it!
When it’s finished, you can either place in an air tight container to be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, in the freezer in a container, or if you have time, you can start to can it! This makes a wonderful gift with some homemade bread or other canned items!