Easy Crock Pot Apple Butter


Apple butter is made with a combination of sliced apples and spices slow cooked until it is thick and spreadable. Because apple butter needs to be slow cooked, a crock pot allows the apples and spices to cook at the correct temperature without the chore of standing over the butter stirring while it condenses. While for canning purposes a large open kettle on the stove is still the best way, for making enough apple butter for a week or two of daily use, the crock pot is the way to go.

Step 1

Wash, peel and core the apples into a large bowl.

Step 2

Slice the apples into 1/4-inch slices and layer in a 5-qt. or larger crock pot.

Step 3

Add the apple pie spice, sugar, salt and apple cider to the crock pot. Stir to distribute the spices over all of the apples in the pot.

Step 4

Cover the crock pot and turn the temperature setting to "low."

Step 5

Allow the apple butter to cook for at least 12 hours.

Step 6

Remove the lid of the crock pot and turn off the heat. Allow the apple butter to cool. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until needed.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 to 6 lbs. apples
  • Large bowl
  • Sharp knife
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 tsp. apple pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup apple cider or water
  • Large spoon
  • Airtight container or glass jar with lid


  • PickYourOwn.org: How To Make Apple Butter Easily
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