Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Homemade Apple Butter

My sweet parents brought me a large box of June apples yesterday and it made me think of my love for apple butter. So, I got busy peeling, coring, and chopping up about six pounds of the apples.

I grabbed a big mixing bowl and dumped in four cups of sugar, 2 well-rounded teaspoons of cinnamon (I love cinnamon!!!), and 1/4 teaspoon of allspice. I stirred these up well...

...put the apples in my Crock pot and sprinkled the dry mixture over them. I stirred them all up and turned the slow cooker on high...

...then I made a run to the composter with all my apple peels and cores. Well, I did stop and give the chickens a little fruity treat on the way there. They love apple peels!

I turned the Crock pot to low after the first hour and cooked the apple butter all night. We woke up to the most delicious smelling house this morning! I am trying out my apple butter on one of my homemade biscuits as I type and I have only one word for it....YUMMMMEEEEE!!!!!

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  1. Oh My Gosh Sherry Sweetie...
    Is that really all there is to making Apple Butter? Then what is the canning process? I would so love to make some. I love it on toast, fresh bread, fresh biscuits, shoot it is even GREAT by the spoonful.

    Please let me know sweetie. How fun this would be for me. Complete recipe from start to finish? I am a step-by-step person. You can email me.

    I so want to try. Thanking you in advance as yours looks so yummy.

    Country hugs and so much love, Sherry

  2. Sherry, I sure wish MO was closer to Alabama! I'd love to come visit you! You do the most interesting things. Have a wonderful day! Twyla

  3. Yup! It is as simple as 1, 2, 3 ... but I gave the kid-lings my crockpot, durnnit! Apple butter is awesome fresh made on homemade biscuits.

    Have a lovely summer's eve ~
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  4. Ok, you've done it now! I'm gonna make this and my house is gonna smell so dosh-darned good :) I'll add apples to my grocery list. Ya know, I was gonna go grocery- shopping today but, my DH decided he wanted to go to the hospital. Long story short, I didn't get to the store yet. So, i can add the apples to my list :) Sherry, you must be the bestest homemaker there is with your homemade soap and apple butter and a composter and chickens! I wanna be like you when I grow up!

  5. Mmmmmmmm, good! I want to try this soon. Gerry

  6. Sounds great! I actually stopped at a strangers house a couple years ago, introduced myself and asked her if she had any plans for the beautiful pears her tree was loaded with... She said no and asked what I would do with them. Pear Butter! It was my Thanksgiving favor that year and everyone loved it! (I did stop back and give the gracious lady a jar too!) Enjoy :@)

  7. I use my crock pot to make applesauce as well. I love the way my house smells while I'm making it. (Far better than any candle). Thanks again for partying with us at our "Canning Week Blog Party"

  8. I've been wanting to make apple butter for a long time.
    Can you tell me how much this makes. I have to decide if I should can or freeze.

  9. Martha,

    This recipe makes about 6 pints. Hope yours turns out well. Please let me know your results.

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  10. Just went to the Apple Orchard yesterday and have two bags of apples. I will be making some of the apple butter this weekend. Thanks!

  11. Well I think you must have left something out because I tried your recipe and it turned out like apple soup. In one word yuk!!!!!!!!!


  12. jbkazooty,
    I'm so sorry your apple butter didn't turn out well. I read over my instructions again and nothing was left out. I do know that slow-cookers cook at different temps though. My older one doesn't get near as hot as my newer. My advice is to put it all back in your slow-cooker and keep cooking it until it gets to the consistency you want, even if it takes many hours. I cooked mine until it was very thick. If you put in the right ratio of sugar to apples it should get there eventually. You can also remove the lid of your slow cooker to speed things up a little. Please let me know how it turns out.~ Sherry

  13. Sounds just perfect! Autumn is just around the corner and these kind of recipes are wonderful!

  14. I can just imagine how wonderful that would smell! As far as I'm concerned you can never use too much cinnamon!


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