Made this butter this past week. It sure does make the kitchen smell good. I know what most of the reviewers say about the sweetness but I wanted to try the recipe myself first without adjusting anything. I had used a mix of gala,delicious, braeburn and granny smith. I cored them and peeled them and cut in chunks to put in my food processor and this worked perfectly. I just mixed everything directly in the crockpot. I had cooked uncovered on low for the hour then turned to Hi for 8 hours and then uncovered for another hour on high. Came out with the perfect consistency for me and what a great flavor. Yes it is on the sweet side, but not overly. I can see how choosing apples can affect this. It came out with such a nice dark brown color too. I had purchased the 8 oz jars to use for these and I made 7 of them. I couldn't find the 4 oz jars which is what I prefer for these kinds of things. Thanks for a wonderful recipe Maro59.
Made this recipe the other day and WOWZA! it's good! But don't be fooled into putting 4 cups of sugar in-- that's WAAAAYYY too much and I have quite the sweet tooth. I only put 2 cups in and it was pretty darn sweet-- I can only handle a few tablespoons of the apple butter on my toast. My hubby, on the other hand, downed almost the entire jar in two days. At least he's getting his fiber (I left the skins on then pureed the mix in my magic bullet when it was done). I also used a 5lb bag of Fuji apples, cored them with those cutter thingees (you push down on it and it cuts the apple into slices and cores it at the same time-- you can get it at the supermarket) then I cut those pieces into smaller pieces. I did stir it every few hours, even leaving the top off for a couple hours to get it to not be so liquidy. The house smelled amazing! I also couldn't find any cloves so I used a tsp of nutmeg instead. To can it and seal it (to give one jar away), I used the inversion method. Look it up because it's so much easier than boiling. Just be sure to wipe your jars totallly clean, including the lid and top of the jar because the lid will stick if there's any residue of apple butter on it. Try it! This recipe couldn't be easier!
This is fantastic. I used my immersion stick blender and pureed the mixture right in the crock pot when I uncovered it then let it cook for the other hour. Love this stuff. Made for Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup tag game.
I did so many things wrong making this recipe and it was still awesome, lol! I forgot to chop the apples finely before putting them in, so they cooked for an hour on high before I remembered to go mash them up. Then I feel asleep while they were cooking and didn't end up stirring it at all! I cooked it 11 hours, 2 hours uncovered, and it turned out just perfect. Thank you so much!
Thank you so much for this recipe. I don't eat Apple Butter, but my daughters love it, so I wanted to try to make it, but everyone I talked to said it was a pain to make. I found this recipe and it sounded easy enough, and it was!!! And it came out great. I did not reduce the sugar, but I did double the cloves. I used my apple/peeler/corer to prep the apples and then sliced the apple rings into smaller chunks. Cooked all night, according to the instructions, and in the morning, I put small batches into my Magic Bullet blender and ground it up. It didn't separate at all, so I didn't do the last hour on high, I just put it into jars and put them in the water bath. Mine made 7 pints, but I probably didn't have as many apples as the recipe calls for, because we picked apples ourselves and I didn't weigh them. I just kept putting more in, until the crock pot was full. This was amazing!! On a side note, for those making the recipe; put your cores and peelings into a large pot with ample water and boil them while you are doing the apples. Let them "brew" for a good hour or more, keeping plenty of water in the pan. Strain the juice and use it for jelly, then use the peeling and "mush" to make fruit leather. I did the cores in a separate pan so they were easy to remove and throw away without the fear of having seeds somewhere in the mush batch. NO waste!!!
I did not have the cloves on hand but it still turned out beautifully. Thank you for an easy and very pleasing recipe.
Wow! This was my first time making apple butter, and it is delicious! I had bought some apples from FFA and I got a few more from a local discount grocery store. The hardest part was coring and peeling the apples (I had about 15) but if you have a peeler/corer thingie, this is super easy! I put it in the crockpot on high for an hour then turned it to low and went to bed. I woke up to the delicious smell of apples and cinnamon! I stirred it a few times then took the lid off. When it was done, I put it in the blender to make it a little smoother. I was afraid it wasn't going to be thick enough, but showed it to hubby (the reason I made it in the first place) and he said it was perfect! I got about 9 1/2 8 oz. jelly jars out of it! I also cut back on the sugar a tiny bit. Will use this again!
this was very good, cut the sugar by half and it was just fine, used sweet Apples from Our tree.
Sitting here finishing off a piece of toast with the wonderful apple butter I made yesterday. OMG, it is delicious. Thank you for this recipe, I will be making several batches for Christmas gifts this year.
The absolute best apple butter. I made a dbl batch of this . I used 10 pounds go transparent apples. For doubling the recipe I doubled all the ingredients except for the sugar. I used 5 cups total. I was able to get 18 8 oz jelly jars out of a dbl batch. I water bathed them for 15 mins. I will be making another batch of this very soon. I used 3 crockpots then added them together as the apples cooked down. I cored the apples but left the skin on. Then used my immersion stick blender to purée it.