Every fall I like to take the kids apple picking. There’s something that just makes the apples taste better right off the tree. Although this year, I think the kids were distracted so there was not much eating going on. At any rate, we always pick all the apples we can use and then some within 5 minutes flat. LJB likes to collect apples from the ground too, but I normally put them back when he’s not looking.
So the other challenge I normally have is finding recipes to make with apples before they all go bad. TAB eats her fair share with peanut butter. LJB eats his whole, but spits out the skin. Tiny humans are funny like that.
I usually try and make a batch of crockpot apple butter every year. It’s great as Christmas gifts and it doesn’t take a lot of active cooking time. In fact, the most time you’ll spend on this recipe is peeling and cutting apples. And if you have an apple peeler, even better!
Start by putting your apples, brown and white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and apple cider (or apple juice) in a slow cooker.
Cook over low heat for about 4-5 hours, until it looks like this.
Then use an immersion blender to puree it like this (or you can take it out and use a regular blender in batches).
Cook another 8 hours until it becomes the desired thickness (this was overnight for me).
Place in jars and process in a hot water bath to give as gifts or store in refrigerator to enjoy immediately!
8 lbs Macoun or Honeycrisp apples, peeled and cut into pieces
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup fresh apple cider or apple juice
Place all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook over low heat for about 5 hours. Using an immersion blender (or regular blender) puree apple mixture. Continue to cook over low heat for another 8 hours (or overnight). Place in jars and process in a water bath or store in refrigerator.