How to Make Homemade Apple Butter in Your Slow Cooker
There's something unique about homemade butters. Creating your own jar of smooth, tasty goodness is just something that can't be beat. For a seasonal spread this fall, whip up a batch of fresh apple butter right at home. Slow cook the butter overnight or all day long and then enjoy as a spread on toast, scones and sandwiches or right out of the jar!
Although the cook time is 12 hours, the preparation is quite simple. Start with 5 1/2 pounds of apples of your choosing. The sweeter the apple, the sweeter your butter will be. Core, peel and chop the apples and place them in your Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo. In another bowl, combine 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Once mixed, pour into the slow cooker over the apples.
Cook on low for 10 hours, then add in 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and break up any remaining apple chunks. Cover and cook for another 2 hours. Then blend the entire mixture until creamy and smooth. Once it has cooled completely, pour the apple butter into glass jars.
Preserving Your Apple Butter
Homemade apple butter makes an excellent gift for the next birthday, house warming or holiday party you attend. But to perfect this homemade creation, you must first ensure that your jars are properly prepared for filling. For food to stay preserved for an extended amount of time, jars must be sterilized. Each one should be washed with hot, soapy water. Then, jars and lids must be boiled in a large, covered pot for 15 minutes. Preservation jars should be made from glass and have no chips or cracks in them. All jars must be topped with a lid that has a rubber seal. If giving a jar of apple butter as a gift, it may be festive to decorate the outside of the jar with colorful ribbons or designs.
Additions to Your Apple Butter
The cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar that the recipe calls for blend together nicely to create a flavorful spice. However, there are other options for spicing up your next batch of butter. For a little more zest, incorporate the juices of one lemon into the apple butter batch. For more of that natural fall flavor, try adding 3 tablespoons of maple syrup. And if you really want to get creative, blend in 3 tablespoons of bourbon with the maple syrup.