This is my new way to make my house permeate fall. Real apples, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar and cloves make your entire house smell homey. Is that a word? Anyway, I got a double dose of fall with two batches in the crock pot. I used my not so perfect apples to make the just so perfect gift around the holidays. Do you want to know how easy it is? Just follow the crock pot recipe below and print these adorable labels from moneysavingmom. You’ll be thankful when you have these beautiful homemade gifts to give to teachers, relatives, friends, co-works or neighbors.
Homemade Apple Butter
- crock pot full of apples, peeled, cored and sliced (10-15 apples depending on size, etc)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup raw sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon
Peel, core, and slice using an apple peeler corer gizmo if you have one; old-fashioned way works too. Pile them in the crockpot with the cook on low fo 8 hours or overnight. Stir every few hours. Stir apples well to break apart and stir in vanilla, sugar and spices. Cook on low for another 6 hours, stirring occasionally.
Prepare canning jars either by the boiling method or microwaving method. Boil lids and prepare canning supplies.
Pour into jars and seal using your favorite canning method. I heated my jars in the microwave and the lids on the stove. Then I poured in the hot contents to self-seal. Print cute labels from moneysavngmom for spontaneous gifts!
*The jars of hot apple butter should be processed in a boiling water bath canner in order to be shelf stable.
The Ball Blue Book Guide to Home Canning advises processing pint jars for 10 minutes or half pints for 5 minutes.
Or this recipe can be cooled for several hours and refrigerated, poured into freezer bags and frozen flat.
free apple butter printable Just so you know, I cheated and printed the labels on regular white paper and cut them out carefully. Then I glued them straight on to the jars. Isn’t that easy, too?
Enjoy homemade goodness in a jar. Have you ever made apple butter? Shhhh, it’s my first time.
Other apple goodies I make: