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So-Easy Apple Butter in a Crock Pot or Nesco

Submitted by: llamalover on September 11, 2011
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So-Easy Apple Butter in a Crock Pot or Nesco

Apple butter in a crock pot!

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Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 4 half pints

Prep Time: 30 mins....hmmmm   Cook Time: 5 hours  


4 pounds cooking apples, peeled, cored, sliced
(highly recommend an apple peeler corer/slicer!)
2 cups white sugar OR brown sugar (I use the brown sugar)
1/3 cup water or apple cider (I prefer the cider)
2 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1. Place apple slices in a 3 1/2 or 4 quart slow cooker. I use two slow cookers and my Nesco. Stir in water, sugar, vinegar or cider, and spices. Cover and let cook on high setting for 5 – 6 hours. Stir. Cool at least 1 hour or cover and chill over night, if you’re going to freeze. OR ladle apple butter into jars. I make mine in quarts. You can use whatever size canning jar fits your needs, just make sure to process accordingly. I have also placed this into freezer-safe containers and frozen it. Both ways work great. To use the water bath method, time according to Ball. Time 10 minutes for pints and quarts.

Categories: Boiling Water Bath, BWB Jams, Jellies, Butters & Preserves, Canning, Preserving

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  1. 9-11

    This sounds yummy! And so easy.
    Approx. how many apples are 4 lbs? Do they all fit into one 3 1/2 qt crockpot?
    And can I use white vinegar instead of the cider vinegar?

  2. 9-14

    Its hard for me to tell how many apples are 4 lbs, so many different sizes. As for the white vinegar it is the same acidity, as for taste? Try it. I always use the cider vinegar and if its later in the year and the apples are dry, I add Apple Cider to wet it a bit. I load up my crockpot and nesco. I have the huge one you can bake a turkey in. Double and triple the recipe and its fine. Taset it as it cooks, you may want to add more of something. We dont like a lot of sugar other days we may like more cinnamon. I also like to use a variety of apples.

  3. 10-14

    Just made & canned 6 half pints of the crock pot apple butter. I didn’t use the vinegar but did put in cider. We sampled some on our supper pancakes…yum!
    Thank you for posting this. You are right, it is very easy.

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