Cook up a batch of the tastiest apple butter in no time by making it in a slow cooker with this recipe from Amy Traverso, author of "The Apple Lover's Cookbook." This recipe also includes instructions for canning apple butter.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Turn a slow cooker on high and add all ingredients. Cover and cook for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Mixture should be bubbling vigorously. Reduce heat to low and cook for 1 hour more. Remove and discard star anise pod.

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  • With the lid set slightly ajar, continue cooking until apple butter is dark brown and thick, 7 to 9 hours more. Stir well and pass through a food mill or strainer, if necessary to remove any lumps.

  • Place six clean 1-pint or twelve clean 1/2-pint jars right side up on a rack in a boiling-water canner. Fill canner and jars with hot water, about 1 inch above tops of jars. Bring jars to a boil over high heat; boil for 10 minutes. Using a jar lifter, remove and drain hot sterilized jars one at a time, reserving hot water for processing filled jars. Place jars on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet.

  • In another large pot filled with water, bring to a boil over high heat and reduce to a simmer, then add clean lids and lid rings. Simmer lids for 10 minutes; do not boil, as this may cause problems in sealing jars. Drain lids and set aside.

  • Divide apple butter evenly among sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch of space at top of each jar. Using tongs, place lids on jars. Using your hands, place rings on jars and tighten (but do not overtighten). Reheat water in the canner until it reaches at least 180 degrees, within 10 minutes of filling the jars. Place filled jars into the canner, one at a time, using a jar lifter securely positioned below neck of jar. Keep jars upright at all times.

  • Add more boiling water, if needed, so that water covers jars by at least 1 inch. Increase heat to high and cover. Once water begins boiling, heat jars for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and gently transfer jars to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet, taking care not to tilt jars and spacing each jar at least 1 inch apart. Avoid placing jars on a cold surface or near a cold draft.

  • Let jars sit undisturbed until fully cooled, 12 to 24 hours. Do not tighten ring bands on the lids or push down on the center of the flat metal lid until jars have cooled completely.

  • Once jars have cooled completely, test to make sure each jar is completely sealed: Press down on the middle of the lid with a finger. If lid springs up when finger is released, jar is unsealed. Store sealed jars in a cool place. If any of the jars are unsealed, store in refrigerator and use within several days.

Reviews (16)

328 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 72
  • 4 star values: 107
  • 3 star values: 92
  • 2 star values: 48
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: Unrated
10/25/2016
Today I followed the recipe exactly...hadn't read the comments, so didn't KNOW that I would yield only 2 pints instead of 6...this recipe should have been tested for accuracy. I feel like my time was wasted as these were going to be gifts. Now I have to begin again. I used Large Apples. And it was done in a crockpot I have used dozens of times. I will use a different recipe.
Rating: 4 stars
09/26/2016
4 stars. It was easy and delicious! However, I too only got 3 pints out of it and I will reduce the liquid to 1 1/2 cups next time.
Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2013
4 stars: the recipe was so helpful: gave number of apples, not just weight; gave # of jars; gave specific canning instructs not found in others. Reviews & chgs were even more helpful, so decided to leave my own. Based on rvws: I used 25 lg mixed apples, cored, sliced, & peeled (but cooked peels also), 1.5 C brn sugar, 1/2 t each allspice, nutmeg, & ginger, 3 t cinnamon, dash sea salt, 2 C fresh cider, juice of 1 lg lemon. Took 2 crockpots overnight. Pureed in food processer, 10 1/2 pints. YUMMY!
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Rating: Unrated
10/06/2013
Did anyone else's turn out REALLY watery looking after cooking 10 1/2 hours and putting thru a sieve?
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09/26/2013
Must amend my previous review. Upon closer inspection, it did in fact yield 3 one-pint jars, so 6 half-pints. I didn't look at my jars closely enough!
Rating: Unrated
09/26/2013
Tastes wonderful, but nearly six pounds of apples yielded only 3 half-pint jars. I don't know who could be special enough to get one of my three jars! I think the apple variety must make a bigger difference than weight. I will try again and really fill the crockpot to the top.
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Rating: Unrated
10/21/2012
I used 5 pounds of apples, but only ended up with 6 half pints ( I used a combination of 4oz and 8oz jars) maybe the recipe should read: makes 6 half pints or 12 4oz jars. Other than that the recipe seems to work out well.
Rating: Unrated
10/03/2012
I didn't have any star anise & so substituted a pinch of allspice. I also decreased the sugar by half and used 1 C white sugar and 1/2 C light brown. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly until the morning. The fruit was still quite chunky after cooking 11.5 hours total, so I mashed it up with a potato masher and then pureed in batches in the food processor. My 5 lbs of apples only yielded 2 pints . However, it is delicious and I'm glad I tried it! I had a full crate of apples to use up.
Rating: Unrated
11/16/2011
Just made this last night, canned it and ate some and it is GREAT! Will be giving our my jars for Christmas, would be awesome in PB&J cookies!
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11/14/2011
Erica 75, check this out http://www.freshpreserving.com/getting-started.aspx Altitude affects canning recipes, just like it does when you bake. Recipes are written for altitudes up to 1,000 feet above sea level. Be sure to check the chart below for adjustments for your altitude. Increase Altitude Feet Processing Time 1,001 - 3,000 5 minutes 3,001 - 6,000 10 minutes 6,001 - 8,000 15 minutes 8,001 - 10,000 20 minutes
Rating: Unrated
11/04/2011
I live in New Mexico and wonder since the elevation is high here if the amount of cooking time would still be the same?
Rating: Unrated
10/27/2011
This tasted so good! I used 25apples(5 different kinds sweets and tarts) and double the amount of spices but not the liquids. I did not have an anise pod. But it still worked out. I ran it through a mill. And got 8-1/2 pint jars.
Rating: 4 stars
10/27/2011
I made this last night. I forgot to buy apple cider so used water instead. It turned out great but I only got four and a half small jars out of it, so will double the recipe next time. It looks beautiful somewhat chunky in the jars.
Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2011
This recipe smells wonderful! I've got it in the crock pot right now and just washed the But my jars had hard water dust on the inside and out. I dried them off with paper towels, is that ok? And once they are sealed do I just store them in the cupboard?
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2011
Here is another crock pot recipe that uses Splenda http://www.pickyourown.org/applebutter.htm
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10/20/2011
Can you use Splenda for this recipes?