Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Homemade Apple Butter

My house smelled wonderful all day.  I made apple butter in my crockpot.


The recipe I used is adapted from this recipe.  My recipe is below.

Homemade Apple Butter

2 quarts of homemade, blended applesauce
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/16 tsp. ginger
1/2 cup honey

Mix all in a small crockpot and heat on low.  Place crockpot lid on wooden skewers to allow steam to escape.  Cook for 7-12 hours, scraping sides of crockpot every hour or so to keep from burning.  When as thick as you want it put into jars.  Cool and freeze or refrigerate with labels. 

I had the above jars from jam and decided to use them and will freeze my apple butter.  I left about an inch of head space in my jars to allow for expansion in the freezer.  Mine cooked for about 9 hours.  You could also can them in a water bath using canning jars. 

The apple butter will keep for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator or 6-12 months in the freezer. 

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for this recipe. I've been thinking about making my own applesauce and apple butter recently. What did you use to make the applesauce?

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  2. Apples! This time mine were old, not very good for eating anymore, but not rotten. I filled my crock pot full of apple pieces (halves, slices, organic, whatever) add about 1/4 cup or a little less of water. Cook on low 4-6 hours until soft. Then smash to desired consistency. For the apple butter I blended it before continuing with the recipe. It measured about 2 quarts after I blended it.

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