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Old Fashioned Apple Butter
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Serves/Makes:7 half-pints

  • 12 to 14 apples (Jonathon or Winesap)
  • 2 cups (475 ml) apple juice
  • 4 cups (950 ml) sugar
  • 2 tsp (10 ml). cinnamon
  • 1 tsp (5 ml). allspice
  • 1 tsp (5 ml). cloves
  • Wash, core and quarter, but DO NOT peel, the apples.
  • Put in crock pot with apple juice.
  • Cook covered 10 to 18 hours (or on high 2 to 4 hours).
  • When apples are tender, run through the food processor or blender or food mill.
  • (I prefer the blender....and let them cool some before doing this).
  • Combine sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice
  • Add to apples and return to crockpot.
  • Cover with lid and cook on high 6 to 8 hours.
  • After 3 hours, remove the lid and allow mixture to cook down and thicken.
  • Stir every 2 hours.
  • Spoon into hot, sterilized jars leaving 1/2"" head space.
  • Adjust caps and process in boiling water bath 10 minutes.
  • Alternative to water bath now accepted by canning experts: Immediately after tightening lids and rings, invert jars on a soft cloth for 5 minutes then turn right side up to cool.
This apple butter is made in a crock-pot!! I found this recipe in a newspaper recipe supplement so long ago I can't remember which newspaper. I make 4 batches every year for gifts and 4 batches for ourselves.

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