How to Make Apple Butter in a Slow Cooker


Apple butter is a sweet preserve that is simple to make from fresh apples or unsweetened applesauce. Homemade apple butter is full of flavor and does not contain the preservatives found in store-purchased preserves. One recipe of apple butter yields approximately nine pints of preserves that will store for two months in a refrigerator or freezer. Process the preserves with a hot water canner to increase the shelf life up to 18 to 24 months.

Step 1

Wash the apples well, peel off the skins and remove the cores. Cut the apples into 1-inch pieces and place them into a Crock-pot.

Step 2

Add 4 cups of the sugar, apple juice, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Add one extra cup of sugar instead of apple juice if using applesauce. Mix all ingredients well.

Step 3

Cover the crock-pot and turn it to the low setting. Cook the apple butter for 8 to 10 hours, or overnight.

Step 4

Open the cover after cooking for eight hours and stir the contents. Taste the apple butter and add more spices if needed. Cover the Crock-pot and cook for an additional three to four hours uncovered to thicken the apple butter.

Step 5

Pour the apple butter into clean glass jars once it reaches a desired thickness. Seal the jars with a screw-top lid and store the apple butter in a refrigerator for two to three months.

Step 6

Process the apple butter with a hot water canner to preserve the jars for up to 18 months. Follow the canner instructions for processing canned preserves based on your altitude. Pint-sized jars require boiling for 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the geographical altitude.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 lbs. apples
  • 9 qts. applesauce (optional)
  • Knife
  • 4 to 5 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups apple juice
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • Crock-pot
  • Large spoon
  • Glass jars with lids
  • Hot water canner (optional)


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Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.