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A Is For Apple Butter

Claire Bush

Throughout history, apples have been touted as a cure-all for everything from fertility to digestion. With more than 7,500 varieties, there's always a crop in season! Apples are versatile, too. When temperatures drop, there's nothing like the warm, comforting aroma of simmering apple butter to brighten the gloom of a dark winter day. Try this easy crockpot version that doesn't skimp on taste.

Note: McIntosh and Rome Beauty apples (like the single one in the picture) are good choices for this recipe.

Crockpot Apple Butter

Slice 3 quarts apples thinly and place in crockpot. Cook overnight on low. In the morning, add 3 cups sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp cloves. Turn heat to low and cook 8-10 hours.

Want to try the old-fashioned way? This apple butter bakes in the oven.

Traditional Apple Butter

Ingredients

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  • 7 lbs. apples, peel left on or off, diced
  • 3 lbs. brown sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider or vinegar
  • 2 TBSP cinnamon OR 1 cup crushed pineapple

Directions

Mix all ingredients in large heavy ovenproof pan, then bake at 350 degrees F for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. (Can also be cooked on top of stove over low heat; watch for scorching). Pour into jars and seal.

About The Author: Claire Bush is a freelance writer and author of "Dining in Arizona - 101 Great Places to Eat". She is a working chef in Sun City, AZ. Reach her at claireeileen@aol.com

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February 4, 20080 found this helpful

recipe looks really nice but what do you use apple butter for? ive never heard of it before!

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February 7, 20080 found this helpful

To Cett: apple butter is used like jam or jelly . A real good treat!

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