Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Apple Butter

Autumn is in the air and I absolutely love it! Our youngest, Sean, just celebrated his fourth birthday on the first day of autumn and we enjoyed a wonderful weekend in the mountains. It was his turn to be king and pick everything we did and ate. Needless to say he loved every minute of it all!

Among all the wonderful things we did was a trip to the orchard to go apple picking. For the second year in a row we went to Sky Top Orchard and had so much fun. In addition to all the apple trees we went through the bamboo forest, saw all the animals, played on the playground and had apple cider donuts. What glorious fall fun!

Apple Picking Jack

Apple Picking Boys

We went last year in October for Jack’s birthday weekend. This time it was Sean’s turn. By going earlier in the season we were able to get different varieties of apples. We got galas which are our favorite, in addition to others like granny smith, cortland and ida red. Unfortunately, some of the trees were well picked so everything was up high which means the boys couldn’t climb up and reach as much which disappointed them. Jack was the only boy to do any climbing.  Have no fear, fun was still had by all!

After we got home the first thing I made was an apple cake for Sean’s birthday cake. It was extremely delicious and enjoyed by all. I was unable to get good photographs but don’t worry, I’ll be making it again soon and getting it up on the blog!

Apple  Butter

Besides eating the apples with peanut butter or plain I made apple butter. The best part is that the slow cooker does all the work. This recipe is so incredibly easy, the hardest part is peeling and cutting the apples. It all goes in the slow cooker and you wake up the next morning to a house that smells incredible. Does it get any better than apples and cinnamon?!

Not only is this recipe easy, but it is versatile. It tastes wonderful on a piece of toast or a warm biscuit. Warm it up and pour over vanilla ice cream. Add some to your morning oatmeal. Use it in your favorite fall recipes for cakes and muffins. The possibilities are endless!

Apple Butter

Slow Cooker Apple Butter
6 lbs. apples (use your favorite cooking apples, I used Granny Smith and Cortland)
1/2 c. water
3/4 c. honey
1 Tbs. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cloves
2 tsp. vanilla
Juice and zest of one lemon

Peel, core and slice the apples. Put the apple slices and water in a slow cooker and place the lid on. Cook on low for one hour; add the rest of the ingredients except the lemon juice and zest. Cook overnight at low with the lid on. After 8-10 hours place an immersion blender in the slow cooker and blend everything until smooth. Add the lemon juice and zest, increase the temperature to high and place the lid on loosely, tipped to the side. Cook for another hour or until desired thickness is reached. This time will vary depending on the water content of the apples used.

At this point you are ready to can. Following standard water bath canning methods place into sterilized jars, cover with lids and loosely place rings on. Put jars in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Once removed make sure all the jars sealed with a “pop” sound.

Yields 3-4 pints

**NOTES: The exact cooking times may vary depending on the size and heat of your slow cooker. Yields also vary depending on water content of the apples and your desired thickness. I got just over 3 1/2 pints. The amount over 3 pints I just poured in a jar and didn’t place in the water bath….it will keep in the fridge and get eaten quickly!

17 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Apple Butter

  1. trixpin

    Happy birthday Sean! How nice to be king for the day, and it sounds like he chose some great thing to do!
    Your apple butter looks beautiful! I made some for the first time this year using foraged apples with beautiful pink flesh so the butter is a deep dark colour (I think “carmine” is the best description). Sadly I couldn’t use the slow cooker as it was packed away before moving house and I got splatters EVERYWHERE … a slow cooker would have been so good! I love your idea of adding vanilla and lemon zest, and the serving suggestions sound divine – with vanilla ice cream? Yes please 😀

    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      I am ready for the ice cream too! I just need to make or get some vanilla, we have pumpkin ice cream right now which might also be good. Your apple butter sounds divine too, fun to use different varieties.

  2. Liz

    I love the fact that you are always spending time in the mountains. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and enjoyed the apple cake too. The apple jam looks delicious. A healthy alternative to the sugary store bought ones. Thanks for sharing!

      1. ChgoJohn

        Just to let you know. I made a batch of apple butter today, using your recipe and my slow-cooker. It tastes great and the house smells fantastic! Thanks, Gretchen, for sharing your recipe with us!

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