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Slow Cooked Apple Butter

Slow Cooked Apple Butter

Slow cooked apple butter softens apples beautifully. Add sugar, cinnamon, cider and cloves to create a delicious apple butter in your slow cooker.

Ingredients

12 cups chopped, unpeeled apples
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup apple cider 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

Combine apples and cider in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 8 hours or until apples are soft.

Puree in food sieve or food mill. Return mixture to pot; add sugar and spices. Cover and cook on low 1 to 2 hours long.

For a thicker apple butter, uncover, and cook on high until desired consistency, stirring occasionally.

Store in refrigerator or pour hot apple butter into hot canning jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Adjust caps for canning. Process in boiling water bath 10 minutes.

Yield: 8 to 12 jars, depending on the size jar you use and the thickness you prefer.

Nutrition Nibble:

Applesauce or even whole apples are a great source of pectin, a natural bulking agent. Don't substitute apple juice for applesauce or raw apples. Apple juice tends to work as a natural laxative.

Suggested Uses for Apple Butter

  • Make apple butter sandwiches. A tablespoon of peanut butter adds protein and makes it extra yummy!
  • Add a dollop of apple butter to a pork chop or pork loin.
  • Some have told me they'll eat a cup or so of apple butter as dessert!
  • Blend a tablespoon of apple butter into 1/2-cup of cottage cheese.
  • Sprinkle grapenuts into a scoop of apple butter.
  • Add a tablespoon or two to your morning oatmeal.
  • Use as a spread on turkey or ham sandwiches.
  • Spread on warm biscuits, scones, pop-overs, toast or muffins.
  • Spread a tablespoon onto a rice cake for a low fat snack.
  • Spread on waffles, French toast and pancakes.
  • Stir a tablespoon or two into plain yogurt.
  • Use as a fat replacement in cakes and muffins.
  • Use as a dip for graham cracker sticks.
  • Use as a topping for vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream.

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