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.
Want to try the old-fashioned way? This apple butter bakes in the oven.
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How do I thicken apple butter?
Karen from Oxford, Alabama
maybe cornstarch? or additional apples
I put mine in the crockpot and let it cook until it is thick. It takes a while but it works.
I think maybe the apple butter needs to be reduced more...cooked longer.
My crockpot has a removable crock. The easiest way to thicken apple butter is to put it in the crock in a 350º oven without a lid. Stir it occasionally until it is as thick as you like it.
Harlean from Arkansas
Cornstarch will work, or you can let it thicken with the apple's natural thickener, pectin. Just continue to cook the butter slowly and stir constantly.
Thanks everyone for your advice.
You can try cooking it at a lower heat or in a crock pot. Also try adding some cornstarch.
We have purchased a home with small acreage and orchard, and I wanted to make my own Apple Butter. I have herd there is a way to make it in a crock-pot and freeze it for use later. I would also like to can of freeze Applesauce. If anyone has a recipe for anything you could make, freeze or can with apples, I would appreciate it.
Here's a site I found online for CROCKPOT APPLE BUTTER: Enjoy those apples!!! p076.ezboard.com/
Honey Apple Butter
10 cups peeled, chopped apples
2/3 cup honey
1/2 tspoon allspice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
Place all ingredients in slow cooker, cover
and cook on high 1 1/2 hours Turn on low stir
well cover and cook 8 hours. Mixture should
reduce to 5 to 6 cups. Leave chunky or
puree in food processor or blender. Pour into
jars and seal or freeze in small containers.
I use the spices to my taste. I like it a little spicier.
I need a simple recipe for making apple butter. Thanks.
By Lexy Miller from Champaign, IL
Your readers have been great in helping in the past and now I have another, but simple request. My g'daughter loves home made apple butter. What I need is a good recipe and also what type of apples to use. So readers, please help me to show my g'daughter that G'ma did it again... coming through for her.
Fall is the time for making apple butter. Slow cook seasoned apples in a crockpot and then store the flavorful butter in sterilized jars or freeze. This is a delicious treat for the family and can be given as gifts.
While apple butter is a well-know preserved spread, apple pumpkin butter is a deliciously different way to use these fall favorites.
I made this but it came out too liquidy, because I added too much water. I didn't trust when the recipe said only use a couple tablespoons water but it turns out that if you really want apple butter, you should.
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