Slow Cooker Apple ButterEstimated Cost:  $5.50

Prep Time:  20 minutes

Slow Cooker Time:  12 hours

Yields:  4 pints

Apple butter is applesauce that gets slow cooked down to a thick, glossy, caramelized spread.  It’s delicious on toast, spread over biscuits, over pork chops, or even used as a topping for a sundae.  Very inexpensive to make at home this slow cooker recipe couldn’t be easier.

6 1/2 lbs. apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 Tbs. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. pure vanilla extract

1. Put the apples in the slow cooker. In a medium bowl, combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples and mix well.

2. Cook on low for 10 hours, stirring every few hours, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.

3. Uncover, stir in vanilla, and continue cooking uncovered on low for about 2 hours.

4. Transfer the mixture into your mixer, or food processor, and process until smooth. Process in batches, if necessary.

5. Spoon the mixture into clean jars, cover, and refrigerate or freeze.

Mike’s comments:

My grandmother originally turned me on to apple butter. At the time I don’t recall being able to find it in the grocery stores. I’d always be on the lookout at country stores and orchards. I can only wish I had made her some of this.

I use a combination of Fuji, Granny Smith, and Honey Crisp apples.