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slow cooker maple apple butter with apples

Slow Cooker Maple Apple Butter

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple butter, maple butter, slow cooker apple butter
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 385kcal
Slow Cooker Maple Apple Butter is sweetened with maple syrup and flavored with cinnamon, ginger and vanilla. The perfect way to use up some of those extra apples. Delicious slathered on a homemade biscuit and great in a recipe for apple butter muffins or quick bread.
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Ingredients

  • 7 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced about 6 - 6.5 pounds
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, or juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ cup maple or light brown sugar

Instructions

  • Place sliced apples into your slow cooker. Add maple syrup, apple cider, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and ground cloves. Mix gently to combine. Cook on low, with the lid tightly secured for 8 hours.
  • After 8 hours, use your immersion blender to puree the apple butter. If you don't have an immersion blender, use your regular blender and puree until smooth. 
  • Return the apple butter to a medium sauce pan, sweeten with the maple sugar to taste and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes on low, stirring often.
  • Cool and store apple butter in the refrigerator or freezer or follow the directions below for canning your apple butter.

Canning Maple Apple Butter

  • If you decide to can your apple butter, start by sterilizing your jars in boiling hot water. Carefully lower the jars, their lids and rims into boiling hot water for ten minutes and then allow the jars to cool and then dry them out.
    Ladle the warm apple butter into your canning jars, leaving a little bit (about ¼ inch) of room at the top of the jar. Wipe the jars off and then seal with the lid and rim.
    Finally, submerge the filled jars in boiling water and process for 10 minutes.
    Remove the jars from the boiling water using tongs and allow to cool completely. The lids should be sealed tight and should not make a popping sound when you push down on them. 

Nutrition

Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 81g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 21.1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 0.6mg