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Old-Fashioned Apple Butter

User Rating 5 Star Rating (3 Reviews)


Apple Butter
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If cooked totally on high, it takes all day to make this flavorful apple butter.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 24 hours

Total Time: 24 hours, 30 minutes


  • 12 – 14 sweet-tart apples (like a Winesap)
  • 2 cups apple cider or juice
  • sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground allspice
  • ground cloves
  • freshly ground nutmeg


Lightly oil crockpot. Don’t peel, but wash, core and quarter apples. Put in crockpot. Stir in cider. Cover and cook on low for 10 – 18 hours (or high for 2 – 4 hours).

Put soft fruit in food mill to remove skins. Measure fruit back into crockpot. For each pint (2 cups) of fruit add: 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1/2 ground cloves and 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg. Stir well. Cover and cook on high for 6 to 8 hours. Stir every 2 hours. Remove cover after 3 hours to allow fruit and juice to cook down. Spoon into hot canning jars and proceed according to canning jar directions. Or spoon into freezer containers. Allow apple butter to cool and then store in freezer.

Makes about 5 cups.

User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Super glad I made this!, Member Trena.Webster

I had a bunch of apples off a tree in our yard I didn't know what to do with. I'm not sure what kind they are because they were here when we moved here but they are yellow and very tart. Not very good for just eating but didn't want them to go to waste. I ate apple butter before and really liked it but had never made it before and had a bad experience making jam before. I was looking for a simple recipe and this turned out to be just what I was looking for. I just finished the first batch and the 2nd is in the making and gonna make a 3rd. I have a really big crockpot and so I doubled the recipe and it made 8 pints. We taste tested the apple butter before we put it in the jars and it was super yummy. My hubby is teasing me about being domesticated. Luckily all the 8 jars sealed but my hubby was hoping that one of the jars wouldn't seal so he could eat it himself. We will keep some for ourselves but going to give them out as gifts for Christmas to family and friends. It is so yummy. I'll bet they love this gift!

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