Apple Butter
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The “recipe” below is the result of researching online and tweaking things to suit the amount of apples I actually had. Roughly, you need ¾ to 1 cup of granulated sugar per pound of apples. The other ingredients you will need to play with to suit your tastes. To make the batch you see above, these are the proportions I used.
Recipe type: Crockpot
Cuisine: Homestyle
Serves: 2¾ pints
  • 3½ pounds Northern Spy or Granny Smith Apples (or probably any kind of baking apple)
  • 3 cups white granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves or 6 whole cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon or ½ stick cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Peel, core, and cut apples into chunks (no need for a fine dice).
  2. Mix sugar, cloves, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Put apples into your crockpot and pour dry ingredients over before mixing well.
  4. Crockpot goes on high for 1 hour, then switch to low for about 10 – yes, 10! – hours, stirring every hour or so.
  5. When the mixture starts to turn brownish, I whisked every hour instead of stirring.
  6. When the time has passed and your apple butter tastes great, put into mason jars and let cool before refrigerating.
  7. Note: This recipe is not a substitute for canning and jars are NOT meant for long-term storage. Food must be properly canned before storing otherwise the food will spoil and can be deadly if consumed.
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  9. This recipe recommends that you consume the apple butter within 2 weeks.
  10. Again, keep refrigerated.
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