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Apple Butter

A little tangy and a little sweet with a whole lot of spice, this Homemade Apple Butter is the ultimate fruit spread! This recipe is made that much easier with the help of a trusty slow cooker! 
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, apple butter
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 20 minutes
Servings 3 Cups

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Honeycrisp apples peeled, cored and chopped (about 6 large of 9-10 medium sized)
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Add chopped apples, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, allspice, nutmeg, ginger and salt to a slower cooker. Stir to combine ingredients well.
  • Cover and cook on low for 10 hours. Once complete, add mixture to a heavy duty blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • If you want a thicker apple butter, transfer it back into the slow cooker and cook for an additional 1-2 hours with the lid of the slow cooker slowly ajar so that steam can release. Stir the butter every 30 minutes, cooking until you’ve reached your desired thickness.
  • Store the apple butter in an airtight jar or container, then place it in the refrigerator.

Notes

Homemade Apple Butter can actually last in the freezer for up to a year. Preserve the quality of your butter by storing it in a tightly sealed glass jar.  If you want to store in the refrigerator, it should last about a month.
To check if it’s safe to eat you should use your senses. The smell, look, and taste of it are your best bet to check if it’s gone bad.
The biggest giveaways that it’s expired are the sight and smell of it. If it gives off a bad odor or you notice dark or white spots or mold, then it should definitely be thrown away.