Slow Cooker Apple Butter

It’s Gravenstein Apple season over here in Sonoma County!  That means time for canning.

Last year I made apple butter with sugar.  This year without sugar and I forgot the cloves.  They do taste different, but both are good!

Apple Butter With Sugar

Ingredients:

  • 20 cups peeled, cored & chopped apples
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 4 whole cloves

Apple Butter Without Sugar

Ingredients:

  • 20 cups peeled, cored & chopped apples
  • 1 container frozen sugar-free white grape juice
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • tie up a baggie of cheese cloth with: 1 star anise, 1 crushed cinnamon stick, 6 cardamom pods
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

Cook on high in a 6-quart slow cooker until thick and darkened.  Vent if necessary.  My batch took about 7 hours with 2 hours of venting.

Process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.

Makes about 7 half-pint jars as long as you don’t drop any on the floor… 😦

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