Crockpot Apple Butter
Slow Cooker Apple Butter
A concentrated version of apple sauce (like a spreadable apple pie) produced by long, slow cooking of apples to a point where the sugar in the apples caramelizes, turning the apple butter a deep brown, thick apple preserve. Similar to making Crock Pot Apple Sauce, only more concentrated.
If you’ve gone apple picking and have an overabundance of apples, this fruit butter is for you! I actually hosted an event a few years ago where I gave out samples of this apple butter, and everyone wanted to buy it! Of course, you all know I don’t sell food, just provide the recipes so you can all make it yourself. And it’s so easy to make, perfect for the fall.
What is Apple Butter used for?
Apple butter is great on toast, stirred into your oatmeal, Greek yogurt or cottage cheese, served over pancakes or biscuits, graham crackers, etc. It’s also great on savory dishes such as roast pork, turkey sandwiches, etc.
What kind of apples do you use for apple butter?
To make apple butter, I usually like to use a blend of sweet apples such as honey crisp, gala and ambrosia apples.
How Long Will It Last?
Fruit butter lasts a long time in the refrigerator, at least one month if not longer.
How To Make Apple Butter in the Slow Cooker
And since so many are asking, although I have and love my Instant Pot, I still love my slow cooker! I have the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker (affil link). I love it because you can adjust the time you want it to cook, and it automatically turns to warm when it’s done. It also has a probe for meat that automatically shuts off when done. I hated my old crock pot, it burnt everything and my food had a weird taste. This slow cooker is so great, I actually own several!
More Apple Recipes:
Crockpot Apple Butter
- 6 large apples, peeled, cored, finely chopped (honeycrisp, gala, ambrosia)
- 1/3 cup raw sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, not packed
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp allspice
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- Place the apples in a slow cooker. Top with sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg and mix well.
- Cover and cook high 5 hours, or low 10 hours, stirring once halfway, until the apples are tender and dark brown.
- Uncover and puree with an immersion blender.
- Cook on high uncovered 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
- Spoon into jars or containers, cover and refrigerate.