This incredibly delicious slow cooker apple butter is so easy to make and is a great way to use up some old apples.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

If you have never heard of apple butter before then to put it simply, it’s highly concentrated apple sauce. Good apple butter should achieve a deep brown color and have the consistency of a thick jam.

This apple butter recipe is best to start before you go to bed because of the time it takes to cook. You could speed it up by cooking on high, but like most slow cooker recipes I suggest cooking on low.

This delicious preserve has a use in so many things from adding flavor to a dish such as a bread pudding right through to just as a spread on bread or even some yummy slow cooker banana bread.

Apple butter ready for cooking in the slow cooker

Depending on the method you store the apple butter will profoundly influence how long it will last. You should find at a minimum find that it will store for at least two weeks. If you use the correct pasteurization with jars, then you may find it will last a lot longer (1 year +).

If you would love to see how to make slow cooker apple butter, then be sure to check out the video below. Alternatively, you can find the full recipe right below the video.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter Recipe

Prep time
15 Minutes
Cook time
12 Hours
Total time
12 Hours & 15 Minutes
Serves
260 1-2 Tbsp Serves

Ingredients

  • 2.7 kg (6 lb) gala apples or similar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ Tbsp. cinnamon, ground
  • 1 tsp allspice, ground
  • ½ tsp cloves, ground
  • ½ tsp nutmeg, ground

Instructions

  1. Firstly, peel, core, and cube the apples.
  2. In the slow cooker, add all the ingredients and stir together.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Using an immersion blender or similar, blitz the mixture until smooth. This step is also the perfect time to adjust the taste more to your liking. For example, more spices or sugars.
  5. Cook for a further 4 hours on low in the slow cooker with the lid left off.
  6. Once the 4 hours is up the liquid should be thickened, if not then you may need to cook it for longer.
  7. Transfer to sterilized glass jars and seal appropriately. If you’re going to pasteurize, then be sure to check out my cooking tips below.
  8. Store in the fridge until needed. It should last two weeks or longer if stored correctly.

Cooking Tips

  • You can use other apple varieties and still get similar results. The most likely difference you will find is taste. For the best results, I suggest using golden delicious, McIntosh or gala apples.
  • The ground cinnamon can be swapped out for a cinnamon stick. Just make sure you remove it before you go to blitz the apples.
  • If you’re finding the butter a bit too runny then you can make sure you have removed the lid from the slow cooker to allow for some of the liquid to evaporate. It can take a few hours for the mix to thicken up. I would avoid using a cornstarch mixture with this dish.
  • Once the apple butter has thickened up, you may find it will start to boil and splash. You may want to make sure there is nothing too close to the slow cooker that you don’t want to become dirty.
  • The ground cinnamon can be swapped out for a cinnamon stick. Just make sure you remove it before you go to blitz the apples.
  • If you’re unsure of how sweet you want it, then you can avoid putting most of the sugar in and merely adjust it after you blitz the fruit.

If you pasteurize your jars correctly, then the homemade apple butter should last up to about a year maybe a little longer. The process of pasteurization can vary depending on the jars you’re using, but typically it involves placing them in a pot of near boiling water.

You can usually pick up some handy jars from your local store otherwise amazon has them in stock. You might also want to get some jar tongs to help stop burnt fingers. Alternatively, a good canning kit will contain everything you need (except the jars).

This guide is perfect if you’re looking into at storing your homemade goods correctly.

 

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Nutritional Information

If you’re curious about how much calories this apple butter has in it, then you can find all the necessary information below. I have also taken the assumption the average serving is about two tablespoons. This assumption is that you would use it as a spread etc.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 28g (0.99 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 260
Amount Per Serving
Calories 21 Calories from Fat 0.9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4.8g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%
Sugars 4.2g
Protein 0.1g 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

As I mentioned above, this condiment has a use for so many different things! It’s incredibly easy to cook up and is well worth doing if you have a surplus of apples. There are many other apple recipes you can do in the slow cooker, all of them are great if you just need to cook some apples.

I hope that this delicious slow cooker apple butter works out well for you. If you do come across any issues or just have some feedback that you would like to share, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.