Apple Butter

I have been so lax in my canning. I am the type of girl who does the small batch canning. I grow a garden each year and this year is no exception.  This apple butter is not from my garden. I have no apple trees. That does not mean I cant make this.  It doesn’t mean you cant make this too.  Today’s modern technology allows us to have apples year round.   That is why this recipe is so great.

Most apples are harvested in the fall.  You don’t have to wait to make and enjoy this in the fall.  Although I do make this both in the spring and fall.  I like to wrap them in pretty little packages and give them away as Christmas presents. My friends seem to enjoy these more than any store bought gift they ever got.  The best part is that this is in the crock pot and can cook while you do other things,  other not so fun things, like laundry or dishes.

The best part is that it will make your house smell so good!

Apple Butter

Ingredients:

4 lbs apples

Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Macintosh

use an assortment of apples

(about 18 peeled and cored and chopped)
4 cups sugar

2 tablespoons apple pie spice

(add more to taste)
1 cup apple juice

1 bottle of apple sauce

(about 16 oz)

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients and add to a slow cooker cook on high for 6 hours. Take off the lid and allow to cook another two hours .

Ladle hot butter into hot jars leaving about 1/2 inch head space. Remove air bubbles. Process 10 minutes in water bath.

I know this is a no brainer, but any jars that don’t seal should be kept in the refrigerator.
Peace be with you,
Veronica