• Slow Cooker Apple Butter a Gift from the Kitchen

    by Dorothy Reinhold on November 30, 2014

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    It probably won’t surprise you to know that I’m a big fan of giving gifts from the kitchen.

    If you’re even slightly handy with food or enjoy spending time in your kitchen, I highly recommend it. Everyone I know appreciates something you’ve made yourself rather than simply purchased.

    Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to make Slow Cooker Apple Butter. And because it is so incredibly delicious, your recipient will eat it right up so we aren’t going to bother to “can” it. The lucky gift-getter can keep it in the refrigerator, and beg you for another jar in a week.

    Slow Cooker Apple Butter | Spiced Crock-Pot Apple Butter Recipe | ShockinglyDelicious.comWhy make your own apple butter? It’s so-o-o-o-o good, that’s why. It’s better than store-bought, with fresh spices and a lively, not-too-sweet flavor, and is non-fat, as well. And this version perfumes your house for days with apples and cinnamon, because of the slow cooking technique. The timing trick is to put it in the Crock-Pot at night after dinner on a Friday or Saturday night, so that when you get up the next morning, the initial 12-hour cooking time will have elapsed. Then you uncover it and cook longer to thicken it, and jar it for refrigeration.

    Slow Cooker Apple Butter

    Rating: 51

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook Time: 14 hours

    Total Time: 14 hours, 15 minutes

    Yield: 2-3 pint jars

    Perfectly spiced, not-too-sweet, homemade Apple Butter practically makes itself overnight in the slow cooker.


    • 4 pounds apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped (I used a mix of varieties from the sale bin)
    • 1 tablespoon boiled apple cider (can omit if you don’t have it)
    • 1/2 cups granulated vanilla sugar
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
    • Pinch kosher salt


    1. If you have one of those apple parer/corer/slicer gizmos, by all means use it to chop your apples. Run the apples through the gizmo to make apple rings, and then simply chop the peeled rings and your apples are ready. If not, just use a paring knife to quarter, peel, core and chop the apples into chunks.
    2. Place the apples in a 5-quart slow cooker. Add the boiled cider, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt to the apples and mix well. (Do not add any additional liquid.)
    3. Cover and cook on low for 12 hours (or on high for 6 hours, stirring only once halfway through (if you remember; don’t sweat it if you don’t).
    4. The mixture will be thickened and dark brown. Uncover and continue cooking on low with the lid off for another 2-3 hours, or on high for another 1-1 1/2 hours, to thicken it further, until the consistency suits you. (The time variance has to do with how juicy the apples are. Juicier apples will need to cook longer with the lid off to evaporate the juices and thicken up.
    5. Using a potato masher, mash the mixture a bit to break up the apples. You don’t want to remove all the chunks though, or make it so pureed it looks like baby food. Leave it a bit chunky.
    6. Spoon mixture into squeaky-clean pint jars, cover, label and refrigerate or freeze.
    7. Makes 2-3 jars. You may double the recipe.


    Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious


    Slow Cooker Apple Butter | Spiced Crock-Pot Apple Butter Recipe | ShockinglyDelicious.comToday’s recipes for Sunday Supper

    Today our Sunday Supper group offers you recipes for Gifts from the Kitchenhosted by Renee of Magnolia Days. Try my Slow Cooker Apple Butter, or something else from the list below that floats your boat! And if you’re looking for items to put in a gift basket with your homemade food, consider these 2 books written by my Sunday Supper friends:



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