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Slow-Cooker Apple Butter

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  • 20 min prep time
  • 4 hr 30 min total time
  • 4 ingredients
  • 4 servings
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You are just four ingredients away from the easiest apple butter on the Internet.

Ingredients

5
lbs of Gala apples (or the variety of your choice), chopped
1
cup packed light brown sugar
2
tsp ground cinnamon
1/2
tsp salt

Steps

  • 1 Wash, core and chop 5 pounds of your favorite apples, leaving the peels on. While a rough chop is all that’s needed, smaller pieces of apple will cook faster. To get a thicker butter in the shortest amount of time, chop pieces to about half the size pictured here.
  • 2 Add the remaining ingredients to a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker and toss to mix.
  • 3 Cover and cook apples on high for 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally, until soft and cooked through. A good rule of thumb is to allow the apples to continue cooking for at least one hour after the liquid around the edges of the slow cooker has reached a strong, rolling simmer.
  • 4 When apples are completely soft, puree the apples with an immersion blender. Or carefully transfer the hot mixture in batches to an upright blender or food processor. Puree the apple mixture for 2-3 minutes until completely smooth, like a caramel sauce.
  • 5 Continue cooking, partially covered, on high for 30-60 minutes more or until the apple butter has reduced to your desired thickness. It will thicken even more as it cools.
  • 6 Refrigerate apple butter in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • 1 Wash, core and chop 5 pounds of your favorite apples, leaving the peels on. While a rough chop is all that’s needed, smaller pieces of apple will cook faster. To get a thicker butter in the shortest amount of time, chop pieces to about half the size pictured here.
  • 2 Add the remaining ingredients to a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker and toss to mix.
  • 3 Cover and cook apples on high for 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally, until soft and cooked through. A good rule of thumb is to allow the apples to continue cooking for at least one hour after the liquid around the edges of the slow cooker has reached a strong, rolling simmer.
  • 4 When apples are completely soft, puree the apples with an immersion blender. Or carefully transfer the hot mixture in batches to an upright blender or food processor. Puree the apple mixture for 2-3 minutes until completely smooth, like a caramel sauce.
  • 5 Continue cooking, partially covered, on high for 30-60 minutes more or until the apple butter has reduced to your desired thickness. It will thicken even more as it cools.
  • 6 Refrigerate apple butter in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Expert Tips

Try spreading apple butter on toast, spooning it over pork chops or drizzling over ice cream.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
464.1
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0.7g
1%
Saturated Fat
0.0g
0%
Sodium
306.6mg
13%
Total Carbohydrate
114.2g
38%
Dietary Fiber
13.7g
55%
Sugars
94.0g
Protein
1.5g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
0.10%
0%
Calcium
8.30%
8%
Iron
5.80%
6%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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