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I am a pretty simple kind of gal. I like my routines, I like the foods I like and I don’t like trying new things or making changes to my routine… until that is, I started on this food revolution/adventure I’m on. If I were asked to list 10 things to put on my toast or biscuit, Apple butter wouldn’t be one of them. I had never even heard of it before I met my husband. (Shocker, I know), I know by now, most of you think that I lived in a cave or I was grew up isolated from the world. But neither of those things are true. When it came to food, I had tunnel vision, I only ever saw the few things I knew and liked. Everything else was like a foreign country to me.
My husband has been asking me to come up with an apple butter recipe since we have been married. I was not looking forward to this for 2 reasons. 1. Apples are expensive, and for butter you need a lot. 2. I didn’t want to do the work! Peeling and coring and slicing so many apples. URG!!! Well, something worked in his favor because I found Bountiful Baskets which made the price a non issue, and I also got a peeler/corer (which I ended up not even using after the first round of apples). You can keep the peels on or take them off….so why do extra work! So I decided to give Apple Butter a shot and here is the result.
Hope you enjoy!
- 20-40 Apples (I used Fuji, Apple Crisp and Granny Smith) My secret-use a few apple varieties
- 4-6 Cups of Sugar
- 3/4 Tsp. Allspice
- 1 1/2 Tsp. Ground Cloves
- 6 Tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 Tsp. Lemon Juice
- 1 Tbsp. Honey
- Jars (I used pint)
You will need a crockpot, apple corer and food processor (or blender). Process this recipe will using the water bathing method.
- Core enough apples to fill your crockpot. You don't need to peel them
- Place them in your crockpot and add a mixture of ingredients. Depending on how you want the taste (I wanted a stronger, sweeter taste so my base is 2 Cups sugar, 1/4 Tsp. Allspice, 2 Tbsp Cinnamon, and 1/2 Tsp. Cloves). Try something a little less if you don't want sweet and strong.
- Mix the apples up and put your crockpot on LOW for 12 hours.
- You can stir if you happen to walk by in between the 12 hours but its not necessary either.
- Its also ok if your not standing at your crockpot waiting for the timer, it can be even hours after the timer goes off).
- When the 12 hours is up, core enough apples to refill your crockpot and add another 2 Cups sugar, 1/4 Tsp. cloves, 2 Tbsp Cinnamon, and 1/2 Tsp. allspice. Stir up and set for another 12 hours.
- And again, repeat this process for a third time. (This time I went with a little less sugar, about 1 1/2 cups and an extra pinch of allspice, and 2 Tbsp Cinnamon).
- At the end of the 36 hours take your apple mixture and put into a food processor or blender until you get a smooth mixture. Don't worry if the bottom of the mixture has a few small peels, discard them or keep them in your butter, they are good for you!
- Add everything back to the crockpot or large bowl.
- Add the lemon juice and honey and stir.
- Can apple butter using the water bath method.
I used a variety of different types of apples. I used the kinds I had left from a few baskets, plus an add-on. I made sure to have a few Granny Smith in there. I think that made this recipe!
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