Friday, April 26, 2013

Crock Pot Apple Butter
Here's what you are going to need:
5 1/2 pounds Gala Apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of packed brown sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt

Here's what you need to do:
Peel, core and thinly slice 5 1/2 pounds of Gala Apples. You can certainly use any kind or any combination of apples you like...there aren't any rules but you may need to adjust the sugar depending upon how tart your apples are.
In a large bowl, combine the sliced apples along with all of the spices.Pour into a large slow cooker.
Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking for 10 hours.Use a stick blender to puree the apple butter. If you don't have a stick blender, you can use a blender but be careful because the mixture is HOT. If you use a blender, puree small amounts at a time until all of the mixture has been pureed and then return the mixture to the slow cooker. Continue cooking on low, uncovered for another 2 or 3 hours until the mixture reaches the desired thickness.
**Makes about 4 pints depending upon how thick you like your apple butter.

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