Crockpot Apple Butter with Canning Tips

An easy crockpot apple butter recipe is ideal for those with a busy schedule. When a slow cooker meets freshly harvested apples, a bit of cinnamon, a bit of brown and white sugar, and a hint of nutmeg you receive an absolutely delicious butter. Included you’ll also find easy tips on canning apple butter.

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The Fall harvest is not complete without canning apple butter. A great apple butter recipe is able to be eaten directly from the jar. Then you move forward to licking the jar clean. Am I exaggerating? Absolutely not.

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Selecting the Best Apple Variety

As with anything, there are various opinions in regards to which variety of apples are the best to use for making apple butter. However, there is no right choice when selecting apples. A softer variety will cook down much faster than ones which are crispier in texture.

But don’t base your decision making on the texture of the apple. Make your decision based on your favorite variety, or combine different varieties to create a unique flavor. Here’s a list apple which are softer in texture:

  • Braeburn
  • Cortland
  • Fuji
  • Gravenstein
  • Grimes Golden
  • Jonamac
  • Ida Red
  • Liberty
  • McIntosh

Honey Crisp apples are absolutely fabulous for making apple butter, and if they are reasonably priced in your area I’d suggest you making this easy apple butter recipe using them.

Other Apple Preserving Recipes

But before you jump over to this crock pot apple butter recipe, take a peek at these apple recipes. Filling the pantry with canned apple goods is a rewarding treasure for all!

Apple Salsa Recipe with Canning Tips

Crockpot Apple Butter – Ingredients
  • 6 large Apples
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Organic Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground Cloves
  • Distilled White Vinegar

Take note, this recipe calls for the apple peels to be included. Traditional recipes included the apple peels because they added additional flavor to the apple butter.

Crockpot Apple Butter – Equipment
  • Crock pot
  • Immersion Blender
  • Jar Funnel
  • Air Bubble Remover
  • 1/2-pint Mason jars, or 3-pint Mason jars

Crockpot Apple Butter with Canning Tips – Instructions
Washing Apples

First and foremost, washing apples is an important step. The vinegar solution not only cleans the apples but kills any bugs. Also, the solution helps to remove any waxy film coating found on the apples.

  1. Begin be washing the apples in a vinegar water solution. The solution will consist of 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar. Allow apples to soak in the solution for up to 10 minutes.
Crockpot Apple Butter
  1. Clean apples in a vinegar water solution.
  2. Add a very small amount of water to the slow cooker, just enough to line the bottom of the pot.
  3. Core apples and cut into small pieces then add to crock pot.
  4. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cloves to the crock pot. Stir well.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or until apples are soft.
  6. Using an immersion blender, blend the apples until the desired consistency is achieved.

Dehydrated Cinnamon Apple Rings

Canning Tips
  1. Prepare canner, jars, and lids.
  2. Add apple butter to hot jars, remove air bubbles, add warmed lids and rings to finger tight.
  3. Place jars into a steam canner or hot water bath canner.
  4. Process jars based on your altitude, see chart below.
  5. Once processed set jars aside to cool. Refrigerate any unsealed jars and use as quickly as possible.
Recommended process time for Crockpot Apple Butter in a steam canner or boiling-water canner.
Process Time at Altitudes of
Style of Pack Jar Size 0 – 1,000 ft 1,001 – 6,000 ft Above 6,000 ft
Hot Half-pints or Pints 5 min 10 15
Quarts 10 15 20
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Crockpot Apple Butter

An easy crockpot apple butter recipe is ideal for those with a busy schedule. When a slow cooker meets freshly harvested apples, a bit of cinnamon, a bit of brown and white sugar, and a hint of nutmeg you receive an absolutely delicious butter. Included you'll also find easy tips on canning apple butter.
Course: Canning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crockpot apple butter
Servings: 5 1/2-pints

Equipment

  • Crockpot
  • Immersion Blender
  • Jar Funnel
  • Air Bubble Remover
  • 1/2-pint Mason jars, or 3-pint Mason jars

Ingredients

  • 6 large large Apples
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Organic Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground Nutmeg, optional
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Instructions

Washing Apples

  • Clean apples in a vinegar water solution, allow to soak for 10 minutes.

Crockpot Apple Butter

  • Add a very small amount of water to the slow cooker, just enough to line the bottom of the pot.
  • Core apples and cut into small pieces then add to crock pot.
  • Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt, cloves, and nutmeg to the crock pot. Stir well.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or until apples are soft.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend the apples until the desired consistency is achieved.

Canning Instructions

  • Prepare canner, jars, and lids.
  • Add apple butter to hot jars, remove air bubbles, add warmed lids and rings to finger tight.
  • Place jars into a steam canner or hot water bath canner.
  • Process jars based on your altitude, see chart below.
  • Once processed set jars aside to cool. Refrigerate any unsealed jars and use as quickly as possible.

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Comments

  1. Melissa says

    How do you slow cook the apples? With water, in a crock put our in a Dutch oven? Can you please explain further the details on how to cook. .. you provided the ingredients but no instructions? Thank you in advance!

    • Farm Girl says

      I am so sorry about that! I have been trying to recover blogs, and I think I must have missed that step. You can use a crock pot or a roasting over to make apple butter. Simply take all the ingredients and place them into the crockpot, stirring all the ingredients after a few hours, and allowing it to cook for roughly 8 to 10 hours. I let mine cook overnight and process in the am. I hope that cleared it up for you, and I made modifications on the actual blog!

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