For some reason apple butter is not usually available in Canada and I have
had to resort to making my own. The easy way to make apple butter is with
a crock pot. You can use regular recipes where you start with apples or
lazy recipes where you start with apple sauce. By using the crockpot you
can avoid the frequent stirrings needed by top of stove methods.
Easy Apple Butter
6 (14 oz cans) unsweetened apple sauce
3 Cups sugar ( white, brown, other sweetener of choice)
Note: I often use less sugar (1C) or no sugar if I am using the
apple butter in cooking. Hubby likes it made with the
full amount for his morning toast
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 Teaspoon Cloves
Put applesauce and sugar in crockpot. (If using artificial sweetener do
not add to mixture until after the butter is done and cooled) Cook until
about half the original volume. I usually cook on high during day and low
at night. With my crockpot on my last batch I used high for 3 hours, low
for 9 hours and high again for 8 hours. There is nothing magic about the
timing sequence. I add the seasoning in the last half hour of cooking.
This makes about 6 cups.
If your crockpot is too small for all the applesauce, use what you can
and add the rest after it has cooked down for a while.
I keep some in a jar in the frig and freeze the rest in small packets
to use later. You can also pour the apple butter when hot in steralized
jars and seal.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada