Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe
(makes about 2 quarts)
Apples – whatever fits in your crock pot, about 10 lbs of apples (I had about 20 apples, all different varieties – added in two batches)
2-3 cinnamon sticks
1 t freshly grated nutmeg
1 t ground cloves
1 – 2 cups apple cider
sugar to taste (optional)
Dump all ingredients into the crock pot & turn on low for about 8 -10 hours. Add more apples at that point if you want (this will add about 8 hours). Cook on low for another 8 -10 hours or so. Remove your cinnamon sticks – if you used a more tart apple, add sugar (1/4 cup at a time) to taste. Mine ended up cooking for about 36 hours because I wanted it nice and cooked down, this is kind of up to you though. It needs at least 16 hours but can go up to 48 probably!
For the last 2 hours or so: prop the lid of the crock pot and let the extra moisture continues to evaporate until you get the desired texture.
Place into jars. You CAN can it (hehe) but I’ve never canned. I’m sharing some with my parents but this should last a few months (think Jelly?) in the fridge. Don’t let it sit around too long once its made – plan to use it by Easter probably….?