Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Easy Crock Pot Apple Butter For Your Fall and Winter Mornings

I have been eager to share a new recipe I just tried that my family is loving.

To start off, I want to show you where we went on Sunday after church.

A mile from our house is an awesome apple orchard that has been around for about forty years.

These are those times that I will cherish forever because my whole family went apple picking.

We picked 60 lbs of apples.

I know they are not as pretty as the grocery store apples, but these are straight from the trees and, in my opinion, are beautiful because of all there blemishes.

Just in case you are interested in the price of apples around here, they were $7.00 per 20 lbs.  Yep, $21.00 for all those apples.

Why so many apples?

The main reason I got so many is because my oldest daughter and I LOVE apple butter and we buy it often.

Now instead of buying it, I will be pulling it off of my shelf in my jar that I canned.

Let me tell you how I made it in case you would like to try it yourself.

The recipe I used is for crock pot apple butter.

You will need:

approximately 3 lbs apples
3 cups sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cloves
Dash of salt
3/4 cup water

Fill crock pot 3/4 full of peeled, cored sliced apples.  Add remaining ingredients and stir until evenly mixed.  Cover and cook on low overnight.  If butter has too much liquid, remove lid and cook on high until of desired consistency.

This is what it looks like after it has cooked all night.  (actually the apples were still in pieces but very soft, so I used a potato masher and mashed them up)

To can the apple butter, check canning guides you have, but I canned mine in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.

This is what I got after several crock pots full...

Can I just tell you that this stuff tastes incredible?

I know I made it, but I used someone else's recipe, so it's not bragging, right?

The first morning I made it, my family came downstairs to hot bisquits and hot apple butter straight from the crock pot. 

OH MY!!!

What's great is that I have lots more apples, so I plan on making lots more of this yummy stuff to hopefully last us quite a while.

The first day we got the apples, my daughter made an apple pie, I baked some, put some in the freezer and just plain old ate some.

I would love to know if you try this recipe and what you think about it. 




Tiffini said...

OMG! I was just looking at apple orchards to take the kids to! so funny:) I am going to try this ~ we LOVE apple butter but I have never made my own. Thanks Amy! I will let you know how I

Creative Ambitions said...

Man O Man... looks so good! I LOVE apple butter, too. We have some apple orchards around here but we've never gone to pick any... it's on my list to do one day! :)

sharon said...

Just found you via Anne Marie - I didn't know about apple butter, but we're heading for an apple tsunami so I'll be trying your recipe.

Thank you for sharing

My French Country Home

Mary said...

One of our favorite "Fall" things to do is to go to the Mountains and pick apples...yummers!!! It's the simple things that end up being so much fun! Love you and miss you A LOT!!!

cityfarmer said...

we're "sauced " over in these parts ... three bushel every year ...into the pinkest sauce this side of the mississippi.

before I came in to read comments I just made a sign from old barn wood ... guess what it says

apples u-pick!

Anne Marie said...

oh my good have no idea how much I'm thanking you right now!!!! a super thanks!

we're up to our eyeballs in canning stuff right now - and this apple butter recipe looks just right for the 50lbs. we'll pick tomorrow...the kids and I...

NanaDiana said...

That looks wonderful! Absolutely wonderful! We have not picked/bought any apples yet this Fall. I can't wait now to get my hands on some of them! Yum...thanks for sharing the recipe...uhhh...I'm a little short on time...would you mind just coming over and making mine for me? Oh...never mind...I suppose you are busy too! ;>) Diana

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Oh that looks so good. I would love to give canning a try. Was there a reason for the different colors after you canned them? I saw some supplies on clearance today at target. I should have got them!

Debbie said...

Not only does it look delicious and (somewhat... somewhat...) easy, I can imagine the smell that was wafting through your house the whole time they were making. Now THAT would give me the autumn feeling. I just know it.

Cabin and Cottage said...

So homey! I can just smell your warm cinnamon apple kitchen!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Yum! I'm going to have to try that!

Okie Chic said...

Omgosh how funny I'm picking apples tomorrow. I make mine the same way except I use 1 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 brown sugar I like it really brown. Don't ya just love the way your house smells when your makin it?

Barbara said...

Oh my it looks so good, going to try that, it looks a lot like my pear Jam looks, hugs Barbara

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, this is amazing!!!!!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

If that doesn't say Fall I don't know what does! Beautiful photos. I can't wait to get Stayman apples around here. They are so crisp and juicy and we love to eat them cold.

Kristy said...

I am so excited to try this! Thank you for posting.
Looking forward to spending some time reading your sweet blog!
Blessings ~

Lissa said...

what a fun, cozy, and very fall thing to do!

Anne Marie said...

Hi Amy...I had responded to your question on apple picking in that post...I never know when people are subscribing to the comments! sorry!!

No...I never made it there - it had been raining! and I hope I didn't miss out!!!