August 31, 2021
Ideal Apples: As with applesauce, apple butter has a more complex, interesting flavor when a few different varieties of apples are used. Use the same apples as you would for applesauce (McIntosh, Cortland, Fuji, Braeburn, or Rome) or choose spicier varieties like Winesap.
Combine juice, sugars, cinnamon, salt, cloves, and vanilla in a 6-quart slow cooker. Peel, core, and thickly slice or chop apples; stir into juice mixture. Cook, covered, on low heat for 10 hours. Stir periodically.
Prepare canning jars by sterilizing according to the manufacturer’s directions. Ladle apple butter into prepared jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rims and apply lids and rings. Process jars in a boiling-water bath for 15 minutes. Remove jars from canning pot and set aside to cool to room temperature. Jars will “ping,” which indicates that lids are sealed. The center of each lid will not flex up and down when pressed.
Recipe and photo provided by https://adventurewithkeen.com/natures-favorite-foods-cookbooks/#series/