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Addicting Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Slow Cooker Autumn Apple Butter
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If you have been wanting to make homemade apple butter, then this recipe for Addicting Slow Cooker Apple Butter is what you most definitely crave. This slow cooker recipe is the perfect gift to give during the holiday season. After cooking the apples and other ingredients in the slow cooker all day or overnight and allowing the butter to cool for a few hours, jar it and store it in the fridge or freezer. This lip-smacking slow cooker recipe is the flavorful gift that will fill your family and friends full of cheer! 

Preparation Time15 min

Chilling Time3 hr

Slow Cooker Time LOW12 hr

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds apples
  • 1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar (1 cup if you prefer it less sweet)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop apples and place them in the slow cooker.

  2. Pour honey over the apples and toss to coat.

  3. Combine the spices and brown sugar and toss with apples and honey in slow cooker.

  4. Cook on low 8 to 10 hours (overnight works great).

  5. Stir in the vanilla extract and cook an additional 2 hours with the lid off.

  6. If you prefer your apple butter thick, keep cooking to reduce the liquid a bit.

  7. Turn off the slow cooker and let the apples cool for a few hours. Ladle the cooked apple mixture into the bowl of a food processor (an immersion blender or regular blender works). Process for 2 to 3 minutes or until very smooth.

  8. Pour into jars, add lids and store in the refrigerator for up to two week. Jars can also be frozen, just be sure to leave enough head space in the jar to allow for expansion.

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Back in the day I remember my grandmother making Apple Butter and eating it on just about everything, but my favorite was on homemade muffins. There really isn't anything quite like it and I can't wait to making it myself. What is the storage time on it though? I had no idea a jar could be stored in the freezer...wouldn't it break?

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