Canning Apple Butter
All month long we are discovering ways to save big money. One of the great ways to save on healthy food, is to shop local produce. You can take full advantage of the best deals on that produce by taking a tip from those who have gone before us . . . and learning to can the seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Canning Apple Butter is a GREAT place to start because it is super easy, smells delicious, and safe with only a water canner (meaning you can do it with a big pot of water instead of using a pressure canner).
In just a few simple steps, you can make delicious apple butter for your family AND even as terrific DIY Homemade Gifts for friends and family.
Crock pot Apple Butter
You will start with clean fresh apples, peeled, cored and sliced. Follow the recipe below to make your homemade apple butter. It’s simple and delicious – and the canning isn’t much more difficult either.
- 5-6 large Apples (peeled, cored, sliced)
- 1½ cups sugar
- 3 tsp ground cinnamon
- ground nutmeg ¼ tsp
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp ginger
- splash of lemon juice (3 Tbs)
- splash of vinegar (2 Tbs)
- pinch of salt
- Mix dry ingredients together in bowl
- Place layer of apples into crock pot
- Sprinkle sugar mix on top
- Repeat until all apples are covered in sugar mix
- Add splash of lemon juice
- Slow cook - stir in vinegar and can in water bath
Canning Apple Butter
Supplies you’ll need to have on hand (or comparable) for water bath canning.
Instructions – You will need to start with clean jars. We are going to water bathe them for just over 10 minutes, which will eliminate the need to sterilize ahead of time. You can re-use the mouth bands, but use new lids are needed to ensure a good seal.
Fill clean jars with apple butter, leave an inch of room at the top. Tighten lids and bands onto jars after wiping the rim of the jars clean (to make sure none of the apple butter interferes with the seal), place into water bath and boil for 10.5 minutes.
*disclosure – You alone are responsible for your health. Always follow current USDA safety recommendations.
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