Monday, October 03, 2011

Lazy Blender Apple Butter

I'm trying to make a dent in the medium-sized pile of apples I have in my kitchen. I have a peeler-corer-slicer which is great for some things like dried apple slices, but for this batch of apple butter I decided to try something even easier. All the vitamins are in the peels, right?

First I cut up the apples. My "lazy" way of doing this is to cut off one side, avoiding the core. Then cut off 3 more slices, leaving a rectangular core. I took a few bites off each core and then fed the rest to the chickens.
Next I blended up these chunks in the Vitamix blender. I had about 10 cups of the blended mixture.
I added 1/2 c. of sugar, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves. Then I turned the crock pot on high and placed the lid on sideways so steam could escape.

My kitchen smells amazing and I've snooped a few spoonfuls that tasted great. I will update tomorrow with the finished results!

Finished product: I left the crock pot on high for about 4 hours, and then on low for about 4 hours, stirring occasionally. By this time it was about half the volume of when I started. I plan to freeze some and keep some in the fridge. Maybe next time I will try making a larger batch and canning it!

Now to keep at that pile of apples...we are about to eat German Apple Pancake for breakfast!


Janet said...

I've done this before and it is so yummy. Does your recipe say to put it in plastic containers, after cooling? I put mine in glass canning jars, NOT the plastic containers my recipe called for; to me it taste better. Sure enjoy reading your post, you're so creative and "interesting". OK that just sounds weird but I think you know what I mean. You have an intersting life.

Angela K said...

Yummy! That sounds delicious. Do you think this is a recipe that could be preserved with hot-water-bath canning or better for instant eating?

Hannah said...

I am sure it could be eaten right away or frozen.

I based the spices ratio on a recipe from

which has instructions for water-bath canning. It also stated that the sugar was for taste and not preservation, so I reduced the sugar without worrying about causing it to spoil. If I try canning it I will let you know, but it wouldn't be for a few months if we knew if there were any problems!

Heather said...

I think we have the same crock pot! I wish mine was full of apple butter :)