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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Slowcooker Apple Butter

Oh my. This stuff is the best ever. If you ever had that jarred muck in the store, and thought it was gross, try this. It's like apple pie and applesauce had a child. Great on toast or applesauce bread. My kids love it in peanut butter sandwiches.

A fruit butter is fruit cooked down slowly with sugar to make a spread. Butters use less sugar than jams or jellies and so would be somewhat healthier. With the really sweet fruits, butters can taste better because of the less sugar; peach butter is divine, but I find peach jam too sweet.



Slowcooker Apple Butter

5 1/2 lbs apples - cored and finely chopped
4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt

Place the apples in the slowcooker. In a medium bowl mix the sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Pour mixture over the apples in the slow cooker and mix well. I have a hard time getting all of this to fit in my 4 quart slowcooker, the lid won't fit tightly. After it cooks down some though, it works well.

Cover and cook on high 1 hour.

Reduce heat to low and cook 9-11 hours, stirring occasionally until the mixture is thickened and dark brown. (If you don't want it to be dark brown, you can add some lemon juice from what I have heard. But then it won't look like apple butter.

Uncover and cook on low for 1 hour to thicken. Stir with a whisk, if desired to increase smoothness.

Spoon mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze. Jars can also be processed in a water bath and then stored on the shelf.

The smell of cooking apples will make your house smell wonderful. This makes alot and is really yummy.

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