This recipe came out so well that it’s going to remain a holiday staple in my kitchen for years to come! I even put them in tiny ball jars to give out as gifts for the holiday. (If you look to the bottom of the recipe I go over how I jarred the apple butter). I adapted this recipe from Yummly’s All Day Apple Butter but made some changes to the original to omit some of the sugar and the salt.
- 5 1/2 pounds organic apples- peeled, cored and finely chopped (this comes to about 3 bags of apples)-I used Gala
- 2 cups organic raw turbinado sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
Directions: Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, and the cloves. Dump the mixture in the slow cooker and stir coating apples. Cover and cook on high 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook 11 hours, stirring occasionally, until the apples have reduced and the mixture looks like a dark brown soup. At this point, I took the mixture and spooned it little by little into my Magic Bullet Blender and pulsed until smooth. Ready for jarring!
I have to admit that I’m not a jarring expert, but the following is a blend of things that I read online and from an instructional pamphlet that came with the jars I got for the job.
Completely submerge jars in a pot with water in it and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. In a separate pot, boil the lids that are going onto the jars for 10 minutes as well (no need to boil the rings that fit around the jars, just the part that will be touching the food directly). With tongs, lift of jars one by one and fill with blended apple butter. Be sure all the air is out of the jar by putting a thin spatula or spoon into the jar and pulling the mixture from the outside inward to remove air bubbles. Secure lid tightly. Place filled, covered jars back into boiling water making sure that there is an inch of water above the jars. Boil this way for 10 minutes. Remove jars with tongs and let cool. If you can press the center of the lid down and it doesn’t spring up, then you have sealed the jar successfully. If you fail the first time- don’t worry, you have about 24 hours to get it right before whatever you’re trying to jar begins to spoil.
Like I said these little things make the perfect holiday gift- just tie a little bit of twine around the top and make a pretty label and you’re all set! Perfect for breakfast on toast, for a midday snack, great with a bit of baked pita, and even an excellent ice cream topper! Enjoy with family and friends.
Yields ~20 extra small ball jars