Remember back when we were talking about how much we loved apple butter? That time, we had a delicious locally sourced store-bought brand. Unfortunately, apple butter isn’t always the cheapest item on the shelf, and you can never get a very big jar of it, so it doesn’t last very long (especially at our house!). Luckily for us, our dad’s house is a 100 year old farm house, that back in the day was quite a large fruit farm. This means there are lots of different varieties of pear trees, berry bushes, and apple trees kickin’ around. The beauty of these trees is that we don’t do anything to them, and yet they still produce fruit! The pears are the best, somehow they are always gorgeous and bug-free, perfect for eating! The apples, however, are the very opposite. There may be a handful that would actually be yummy to eat, and the rest (once you’ve picked through the rotting and insect-infected ones) will only do for cooking and baking. Naturally, we thought that these apples would be the perfect fit for some home-made apple butter! 🙂
A special thank-you goes out to our oldest brother who picked the apples for us and brought them to our home-meet a couple weekends ago. According to our mom he was talking to her on the phone while picking them, thoroughly grossed out by the nasty,wormy, rotting ones that appear fine until you grab them and they ooze all over your hand. So…. thanks big bro! 🙂
The other amazing part about this apple butter is that it barely cost us a dime! The apples were free, all we had to do was go out and buy some unsweetened apple juice. Not to mention it made a HUGE batch!
If you don’t have apple trees of your own to get your apples from, fear not! There are plenty of pick-your-own orchards, and many of them will have what are called “seconds”, which are apples they sell for less because they are not “perfect”, having discoloured spots, blemishes, etc. A great way to support local farmers and get cheap, excellent apples!
This recipe is so easy, and has so few ingredients. Apple butter that’s easy, cheap, and contains no added sugars or preservatives. Not to mention this recipe makes enough to last you the entire fall season. Need we say more? 🙂
Total time: 8hrs slow cooking + 40min
14 medium sized apples
2 c.unsweetened apple juice
1-2 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
Chop up apples into small chunks.
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 8hrs (we did ours overnight!).
In batches, add cooked apple mixture to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
In a large pot, simmer on low for 30min, partially covered to avoid splattering, stirring every couple of minutes.
Pour into glass jars and refrigerate.
Do you like apple butter? What’s your favourite local farm/apple orchard to visit where you’re from?