Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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It isn’t autumn yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make this homemade slow cooker apple butter recipe with your grocery store or farmer’s market haul of sweet, crisp apples. Store-bought apple butter can be expensive, like other sandwich spreads, but it doesn’t have to be when you make it yourself. This apple butter recipe was created by Sheryl, the author of The Lady Behind The Curtain recipe blog because it is a spread she loves to make in the fall. Sheryl uses Fuji apples in her apple butter recipe, but you can use whatever apples you like. This apple butter is ideal if you have a large haul of apples from apple trees on your property or have apples that are starting to go mealy and aren’t good for fresh eating anymore.

While many apple butter recipes are prepared on the stove and processed in a water canner, this one isn’t. This butter is slowly cooked in a crock pot, jarred and stored in the refrigerator for a few weeks. The author doesn’t have a firm statement of how long this apple butter can be stored for, but it will be a much shorter time than canned recipes because these apple jars will not be tightly sealed. The good news, though, is that the batch makes about three half-pint jars, which will be easy for the family to consume in a few weeks. Great crock pot recipes take very simple ingredients and turn them into something extraordinary. This apple butter merely contains humble apples, sugar, cinnamon, and other spices, but the result is a fragrant, spicy apple butter that is creamy, rich and golden. It truly is remarkable how crock pot recipes can transform food into something so delicious.

Although you may be tempted to only spread apple butter on bread or toast, it can be used in many dishes. Consider making apple butter tarts by filling mini tart shells with apple butter, topping with sliced apples and baking, or use as an accompaniment to pork. You could even spread apple butter on dough for an apple cinnamon roll recipe or drizzle it on your oatmeal in the morning. Alternatively, use apple butter for tasty snacks throughout the day by dipping fresh veggies or apple slices into it. However you choose to enjoy this fragrant apple butter, you will be sure to make it repeatedly during apple season.

Easy apple recipes, like this one, are the best for when you have a lot of apples to use up. Despite the fact that this spread only makes three small jars, it uses three pounds of apples, which is why this is the best for using heavy apple harvests. While many baked recipes will use an apple that will hold its shape during high cooking, in the case of this apple butter, any apple will work since the cooking time is so long. Thank you to Sheryl, the author of The Lady Behind The Curtain recipe blog, for sharing her slow cooker apple butter recipe with us.

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