Crock Pot Apple Butter
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Serves: 8 half pints
 
Because this cooks low and slow, this is a great recipe to start at night and finish the next morning. Your home will smell wonderful while you sleep.
Ingredients
  • 5 pounds of peeled, cored and quartered apples
  • 2 cups of apple cider, either hard or not
  • 3 cups of sugar - white or brown is fine
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoons ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Using a food processor, chop the apples into small pieces, almost pureed
  2. Add all ingredients to the crock pot and stir.
  3. Cover crock pot and cook on high for one hour.
  4. Turn crock pot to low and crack the lid with a wooden spoon to keep the lid slightly open. Cook on low for 8-11 hours. Stir occasionally, more towards the end.
  5. Once the butter has thickened, test it for consistency. Place a small mound on a spoon and let it cool for a couple minutes. If, after two minutes, no liquid has escaped the edges, the butter is done.
  6. The butter can be frozen in jars - leave enough space for expansion. Or it can be processed in a boiling water bath - leave ¼ inch headspace and process for 10 minutes.
Recipe by My Kitchen Clatter at http://mykitchenclatter.com/crock-pot-apple-butter/