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How To Make Apple Butter

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How To Make Apple Butter
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Homemade apple butter is a wonderful step up from applesauce. It is thicker, richer, darker, and much more fragrant. Perfect for spreading on bread or crackers and a wonderful accompaniment to cheese and meats. What's even more wonderful is that making apple butter is easy as pie.

Interested in mastering the art of making apple butter? We share our favorite recipe plus tips for making apple butter from scratch.

How To Make Apple Butter: Ingredients

Unlike applesauce, which requires just apples and sometimes a bit of sugar, a basic apple butter recipe requires some or all of these ingredients:

  • apple cider
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • ground cloves
  • fresh lemon juice

How To Make Apple Butter: The Recipe

Our favorite way to make apple butter is to do so in the slow cooker. This way the apples cook slowly and thicken without requiring constant monitoring and stirring, as would be the case if you were preparing the apple butter on the stovetop.

This slow cooker apple butter recipe yields great results: just put all the ingredients in the slow cooker, cook on low for 8 hours and you'll be set!

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