Crockpot Apple Butter for Canning

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, some brown and granulated sugar, and a hint of nutmeg you receive an absolutely delicious fruit butter. Canning apple butter allows you to enjoy this recipe throughout the year. 

crockpot apple butter

The Fall harvest is not complete without canning apple butter. A great apple butter recipe is one which can be consumed directly from the jar. And once the fruit butter is gone 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 wrong choice when selecting apples. 

A softer variety will cook down much faster than ones which are crispier in texture. Keep in mind, softer apples provide a naturally sweeter taste whereas a crisp apple often has a tartness to them.

With that said, do not base your decision on the texture of an apple. Base your decision on your favorite variety, or combine different varieties to create a unique flavor your family will enjoy.

Here is a list of apples which are softer in texture yet full in flavor. :

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

Honeycrisp apples are absolutely fabulous for making apple butter, however, they can be quite pricey. Purchasing seconds will not only save you money it will also provide you with a sweeter apple. 

Other Apple Preserving Recipes

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

Crockpot Apple Butter for Canning

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

Crockpot Apple Butter – Equipment

  • Crockpot
  • Immersion Blender
  • Steam Canner or Hot Water Bath Canner
  • Jar Funnel
  • Air Bubble Remover
  • 1/2-pint Mason jars, or 3-pint Mason jars

Crockpot Apple Butter with Canning Tips – Instructions

This easy slow cooker apple butter recipe will provide the most scrumptious fruit butter around. Enjoy it!

Wash Apples

First and foremost, make sure to wash the apples well. The vinegar solution not only cleans the apples but will also kill bugs. Also, the solution helps to remove any waxy film coating found on the fruit.

  1. Begin by 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 to remove any wax. 

Crockpot Apple Butter Recipe

  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 the 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  6 to 8 hours, or until apples are soft.
  6. Using an immersion blender, blend the apples until the desired consistency is achieved.

Canning Tips

  1. Prepare canner, jars, and warm the lids.
  2. Add hot apple butter to 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 for 12 hours. Refrigerate any unsealed jars and use as quickly as possible.
Type of PackJar Size0 – 1,000 ft1,001 – 6,000 ftabove 6,000 ft
Hot1/2 Pint or Pint5 mins10 mins15 mins
Quart10 mins15 mins20 mins

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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: canning apple butter, crockpot apple butter, crockpot apple butter for canning, easy apple butter recipe, slow cooker apple butter
Servings: 5 1/2-pints
Cost: $7

Equipment

  • Crockpot
  • Immersion Blender
  • Steam Canner or Hot Water Bath Canner
  • 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 warm 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 in the article for processing times.
  • Once processed set jars aside to cool for 12 to 24 hours. Refrigerate any unsealed jars and use as quickly as possible.

Making this slow cooker apple butter recipe will quickly become a fall tradition. However, canning apple butter allows this fruit treat to be enjoyed throughout the year.    

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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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