Crockpot Apple Butter
We used store bought Jonathan apples; You may be inspired by your own apples or just bought some from your local farmers market or plan to visit a local pick your own orchard. You know you can turn any apples into apple butter, but some are better suited for eating fresh while others are good for cooking down. For this project we chose Jonathan because they were on sale and have a super delicious flavor. We were being frugal. Tho Jonathan is among our favorites, we are not hung up on one single variety as there are several grown and sold in our area.
Servings Prep Time
64Tbsp 130 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
16-8 hours 15-6
Servings Prep Time
64Tbsp 130 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
16-8 hours 15-6
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into crockpot. Cover and cook on high until apples are mushy. In approximately 3 to 4 hours with apples still in crockpot mash with a potato masher until they are the consistency of applesauce. Now Cook another 3-4 hours uncovered in crockpot on low until thickened to the consistency of apple butter. Mash again. This will make approximately 2 pints. Cool and store in refrigerator or put in a 2 pint canning jars and seal in pressure cooker or hot water canning method. Simply Frugal, Healthy and Delicious Sugar free; or sweeten to your taste between 1/2 to 1 cup sugar.
Recipe Notes

[recipe]If you have not decided on which apple then consider this; softer Apple Varieties work best for Apple Butter because they cook down the fastest. You can use any of these varieties by themselves or mix them up to give your apple butter more flavor elements. By using softer varieties like the following, you’ll have delicious apple butter in no time:

Delicious Jonathan
Fuji Ida Red
Goldrush McIntosh
Gravenstein Gala
Grimes Golden Liberty
Jonamac

There are many more varieties available. Most prevail in specific geographic areas. I like to shop at our local farmers’ market when in season. If you are buying your apples at your farmers’ market or orchard, ask the farmer to recommend which varieties or combinations he or she thinks will work best for apple butter. You will┬ádiscover that varieties from your geographic ares not on this short list, will also work well.