I've been making apple butter for 3 days now and the house smells great! This recipe is easy because you don't have to babysit the butter. However, it does keep you involved for a full 24 hours from start to finish if canning the butter. On the up-side, it is very flavorful! I opted to follow other reviewers suggestions and added more spices; 1/2 t. allspice, 1/2 t. ginger, 1/2 t. nutmeg and cut the sugar down to 1 3/4 cups (1 c. brown sugar and 3/4 c. white sugar). It is so sweet and so good! I found to get the thick consistency, I had to keep it in the crockpot for many more hours than written. 1 hour on high (lid on), approx. 12 hours on low (overnight) and then approx. 6-8 more hours with the lid off. I did not need an immersion blender, I was able to whisk the butter easily into the desired consistency of apple butter. I only got 3 pint-sized jars from the 5 1/2 pounds that the recipe calls for...that's why I've been working at this for 3 days. As soon as I can 1 batch, I start another one, as it takes 24 hours. I plan to give these as part of my Christmas gifts and hostess gifts for the many gatherings ahead in the holiday season. I do love the recipe and will probably always prepare the apples from my tree in this manner. I makes me think of the great products my mother used to make from the tree when we were little. :0)
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I've been making apple butter for 3 days now and the house smells great! This recipe is easy...