Fall “Cooking” With Kids & Crock Pot Apple Butter


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Fall Cooking with Kids

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This is “sort of” fall cooking in my eyes. Yes, you use heat to make stuff, but it’s in the crock pot. My daughter always wants to help, but she has no patience and I worry about her around the hot pans/oven/anything since she’s about as graceful as her mama. We went apple picking a few weeks ago, and of course, picked WAY too many apples. I can’t eat apple pie all day long, and my kids love toast and jam in the morning with whatever we choose to eat for breakfast. So I wanted to try apple butter, and a friend of mine had posted she made hers in the crock pot. This was too good to be true – I’d been itching to get mine out – plus it was something we could do together!

Crock Pot Apple Butter
  • 5 lbs apples, peeled, cored, and chopped finely (I used this crock pot and just filled it about 2/3 of the way with apples. If I used my large one I’d still be filling it!)
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Fall Cooking Butter Directions
  1. Super simple! Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, dump them over the apples in the crock and stir until it’s all mixed.
  2. Cook on high for 1 hour.
  3. Turn to low and simmer 9-11 hours (perfect overnight recipe!)
  4. Take off lid, stir with spoon or wire whisk to smooth, and cook on low with lid off for one hour or until it’s thickened.

I jarred mine but didn’t seal them since we went through almost half of it in two days between the kids and husband. If you don’t want to seal the jars, it will last about 5 days in the fridge. Any longer than that, seal or freeze. Enjoy!

~Brianne

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