Image Credit: Cooking From the Heart

Autumn is in full swing and I thought it would be nice to share my homemade Apple Butter recipe! For those curious this recipe will consist of using actual apples vs applesauce. Though applesauce is quicker to use, I promise you the wait time using apples is completely worth it! Whether for biscuits or for toast this is sure to be a family favorite! Happy Friday everyone!

Ingredients

* 5-6lbs Fuji Apples (Washed/Cored/Sliced)

1 1/2 cups. Apple Cider

1 cup. Cane Sugar (Granulated also works)

2 cups. Brown Sugar

1/4 cup. Lemon Juice

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Nutmeg

3/4 tsp. Ground Cloves

1 tbsp. Cinnamon

Instructions

1.Wash the apples, and make sure to core and cut them into cubes. I personally leave the skins of the apples on, but if you want to take the extra time to peel the apples that is perfectly fine!

2. Once your crockpot is filled add your liquids, dried spices, sugar and salt.

3. Give your apples a good mix making sure everything is coated.

4. Place your crockpot on Low for 2 hours and then bump the temperature setting to High for the remaining 7 hours.

5. Once finished I use a blender of your choosing on the Low setting to help give the butter its smooth texture. I highly recommend investing in one of the Immersion blenders to help save on time.

6. Store in containers or use your preferred canning method. If placed in the refrigerator the apple butter can keep for 1 month before needing to be replaced. If kept in the freezer then the apple butter can keep for up to 1 year, just make sure to take out what you want to use and allow it to unthaw in the refrigerator the night prior to use. For those who decide that canning is the best way to go, canned apple butter has a shelf life of roughly 2 years, but make sure to keep your jars in a dark and cool place! Make sure to date your containers/jars!

7. Enjoy!

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