Bowl of apple butter
Apple Butter Is Beyond Hassle-Free With A Slow Cooker
Apple butter is a spread that’s thicker, sweeter, and more caramelized than applesauce or jam. It takes a lot of active time to cook down on the stove, so use a slow cooker instead.
Cooking down pounds of apples on the stovetop can take nearly two hours and requires constant attention. While the slow cooker will take about 12 hours, it’s a hands-off method.
Start by peeling, coring, and slicing about 6 1/2 pounds of apples. Place the apples in the slow cooker with a cup each of light brown and granulated sugar.
Add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice, and a pinch of salt. Stir the ingredients together, set your slow cooker on low, and let it cook for 10 hours.
Once 10 hours are up, remove the lid, add vanilla extract or lemon zest if desired, and allow the mixture to cook uncovered for two more hours, or until it has thickened.
After cooking, puree the apple butter using a food processor or immersion blender for a smooth spread, or leave the mixture chunky and skip the work of blending.