January 17, 2011

Crockpot Apple Butter

One of the ways that I save money is that I make all my jams & jellies at home, and can them.  Just this past week, I made 3 quarts of Lemon Blueberry Jelly, which is by far my family's favorite jelly ever.  You would think that 3 quarts would last a long, long time - but you would be thinking wrong!  We eat it on everything from peanut butter & jelly sandwiches to biscuits.

Another of our favorites is Apple Butter.  For those of you that haven't heard of apple butter before, it's not actually a butter.  It's like a spiced, sauce-like textured, jelly.  I prepare a big batch of it in my crockpot, & use some immediately on fresh on hot biscuits - and then can the rest for future use.  My daughters actually like to eat it like applesauce because they enjoy it so much.  

Pour in the 2 48oz jars of all natural applesauce.

Add in all of the spices & the sugar.

Pour in the apple juice.

Cover, & cook on low for 10 hours.  Your house will smell DIVINE while this is cooking!!

After the 10 hours, uncover - and it will look like this:

Using a whisk, give it a good stirring, and it will look like this. 

Serve on hot biscuits, & can the rest.  Makes about 8 pints.

Crockpot Apple Butter

  • 3 pound bag of granny smith apples - peeled, cored, & diced
  • 2 (46oz) jars of All Natural Applesauce
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2-3 tbsp cinnamon (depending on how 'spiced' you want it)
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice


Put the peeled & diced apples in a large crockpot.  Cook on low for 10 hours.  Stir well with a whisk to smooth out at the end of the cooking cycle.


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