Homemade Apple Butter
6 hours 10 minutes
Processing method: Water Bathing
Processing time: Process for 25 minutes (adjust for altitude)
- 1,001- 3,000 ft. - add 5 minutes
- 3,001- 6,000 ft. - add 10 minutes
- 6,001- 8,000 ft. - add 15 minutes
- 8,001-10,000 ft. - add 20 minutes
- Water bath canner
- Denali Lids and Rings
- Canning Funnel
- Large saucepan
- Jar lifter
- Mixing spoon, knife, cutting board
Homemade apple butter is a classic fall favorite. This is an easy slow cooking recipe that you can leave overnight and your kitchen will smell heavenly in the morning. First step is to peel, core, and slice the apples.
Then you can put your apples in a crock pot and let them cook. To get things cooking faster you can set the flame to high for the first 3 hours or so. Then stir and set the flame to low. Allow the apples to cook some more while stirring occasionally. When it is applesauce consistency, add sugar (Typically you want ½ cup sugar for 1 cup of fruit pulp). Alternatively you can just keep adding sugar to your liking.
In a bowl mix sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Pour this mixture over the apples, stirring to combine. Continue cooking in the slow cooker until it is the consistency you like. Smooth and silky! Finish off with a whisk for a smooth product. This can cook overnight if you have a cooker that will not heat up too much. The color will get darker as the apple butter thickens. You can leave the lid off for the last hour or two to get a thicker consistency. The butter should round up on your spoon. Do not cook until it is pasty, that would be too thick.
After this you can fill your jars, leaving ½ - ¼ inch room for head space. Wipe the rims clean and then you can place your Denali lids on them.