Before we turn into all things pumpkin for October, we have to give apples their spotlight. Many people are starting to take advantage of the fall harvest, venturing to the apple orchards for apple picking. However, what should we do with all those bushels of apples? We can’t let them go to waste because, there are at least 34 science-backed health benefits of apples.
Make Apple Butter!
This recipe for homemade apple butter only requires a slow cooker. It’ll yield enough butter to freeze for months and has been a family favorite for years. It’s thick and sweet, with the spicy taste of fall— it’ll sweeten up any dish and it completely changes the texture and taste of pancakes, waffles, bagels, oatmeal.
- 4-5 pounds of apples - peeled, cored and finely chopped
- 2-3 cups of white sugar (depending on amount of apples used)
- 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- lace apples in a slow cooker.
- In a medium bowl, mix the sugar*, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
- Pour mixture over the apples in the slow cooker and mix well.
- Cover and cook on high 1 hour.
- Reduce the heat to low and cook an additional 10-11 hours. Stir occasionally until the mixture is thickened and brown.
- Uncover and continue cooking an extra 1.5 hours (or until consistency is much thicker).
- Spoon the mixture into jars or containers, cover, refrigerate or freeze.