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October 16, 2012

Easy Crock Pot Apple Butter

Harvest time is my favorite time of year.  Whether it be wine, pear, nut, you name it.  In our area, there are a few apple orchards close by where you can pick them yourself.  Totally fun for the kids, and me.  An abundance of apples on hand, means plenty of fall recipes to try.  Here's one that's super easy for Apple Butter.
If you've not tried apple butter yet, you don't know what you're missing!  Great on crusty bread with a nutty hard cheese for a snack or as a cocktail party appetizer.
This is a MUST try.

photo and recipe courtesy Midwest Living
Crock Pot Apple Butter
pounds cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced (about 12 cups)
cups sugar
1/3 cup water
tablespoons cider vinegar
teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Place apple slices in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Stir in sugar, water, vinegar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg.
  Cover; cook on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours. Stir. Cool mixture at least 1 hour or cover and        
  chill overnight.

Ladle apple butter into half-pint storage or freezer containers, leaving a 1/2-inch head space. Seal and label. Store 3 weeks in refrigerator or for 1 year in freezer. Makes 4 half-pints.
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