The aroma is as enticing as the flavor when you are making honey apple butter. How much natural goodness can you fit on a spoon? This recipe is easy to make and uses a crockpot instead of you having to stand over the stove for hours. A great way to incorporate honey into your diet.
Make Apple Butter in the Crockpot Using Honey
As a child, I always loved the time of year when my Granny made apple butter. Living near the South Carolina mountains, several trips to the apple orchards near Hendersonville, NC were annual events.
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The scent of cinnamon, nutmeg and apples permeated the whole house. And Granny would spend hours stirring that large pot of cooking apples.
She didn’t have a crockpot to help make the job much easier. But thankfully, today we have that option.
Does Apple Butter Contain Butter?
No, apple butter does not contain any butter. Instead this term is used to refer to the buttery consistency of the spread. In fact, there are many different fruits you can use to make butter spreads.
- brown sugar
- vanilla flavoring
Apples: In making apple butter, you have several choices when it come to apple selection. Of course avoid any rotten fruit or any that are not ripe. Otherwise, a mix of sweet and tart create a nice flavor.
Honey: Choose any raw honey – you knew I was going to recommend raw right? Raw honey is straight from the hive – just like the bees made it.
Any good quality brown sugar and spices will perform well. Make sure they are fresh and haven’t been in storage for years.
Honey Apple Butter in the Crockpot Step by Step
Take the drudgery out of cooking homemade apple butter and let your crockpot do the tedious work. Some apples, a little honey and a few spices and you are ready to go.
First, prepare your apples. Always wash apples, who knows where they have been and what germs may lurk on the surface. To peel or not to peel? That’s your choice. But do cut them into large chunks and discard any seed.
Place apple chunks, honey and all other ingredients into your crockpot but only 1/2 cup of water. Use a large spoon to stir the apples so that all are coated with the liquid.
You can add small additional amounts of water during cooking if the mixture seems too thick. I usually do not have to use more than the 1/2 cup. Let cook on low for 8-9 hours.
After the crockpot has completed the tedious work of tenderizing your apples, it’s time to blend things up. There are many ways to do this including the old fashioned food mills or a blender.
If you have an immersion blender, they make quick work of the job and you can blend right in the crockpot. A food processor works well – it is just a little bit messier-but gets the job done.
Spoon honey apple butter into small containers with tight fitting lids. It will keep for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
Honey Apple Butter In the Crockpot
The wonderful aroma will make you want to hurry the process but don't. The sweet spicy apple butter will be worth the wait.
- 5 pounds apples any type but mix of sweet and tart is good
- 2/3 cup honey
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoons nutmeg
- 3/4 teaspoons cloves
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring
- 1/2 – 1 cup water
- Wash apples and peel if desired (you can leave the peel on if you wish). Cut apples into large chunks – discarding the seeds.
- Place apples in a large crockpot and all of the other ingredients. Use a large spoon to stir well and coat the apples with the other ingredients. Start with 1/2 cup of water only.
- Add more water during cook if the apple butter is very thick. Cook on low for 8-9 hours stirring occasionally.
- Once finished cooking, allow the mixture to cool for a short while then add to a food processor or use a blender. OR, if you have an immersion blender you can blend the ingredients right in the crock pot. Blend until smooth.
- Store your finished honey apple butter in a tight sealing container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Special Tips for Making Homemade Apple Butter
The moisture content of the apples used can vary. That’s why I suggest that you add only a small amount in the beginning. Your recipe will thicken after cooking when it cools.
However, even at 1/2 cup of water, I wanted my honey apple butter to be a bit thicker. I transferred it to a saucepan and heated it on the stove for just a bit.
What Can You Do With Apple Butter?
Honey Apple Butter can be used in many ways. This delicious spread can be used on toast, bagels or even in a sandwich to add a bit of special flavor.
It can also be used as a side dish on its own or as part of a marinade in some styles of cooking. My family enjoys eating it with scrambled eggs!
If you have a little extra time, you might try my Honey Blueberry Scones with a bit of your homemade apple butter.
Storing Your Honey Apple Butter
Your fresh apple butter will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks in a tight sealing container – if you don’t eat it up sooner.
However, maybe you would like to have some on hand for another time – when you may not have time to cook.
One way to store your special apple spread is to freeze it in small containers. Then you can remove small portions at a time.
The other option is to preserve the apple butter using the boiling water canning method. This is a great option if you would like to give small jars of homemade honey apple butter for gifts!
This is what I do when I make this recipe. Those canned jar come in really handy and it is not hard to do.
Using honey in your recipes is a great way to add it in your diet – especially for those of you who may not enjoy the taste of honey alone.
The sweetness of the final product will depend somewhat on the apples you use. I find this recipe not too sweet but my husband loves it just like this as he says the flavor of the apples is not overwhelmed.
Making honey apple butter is a great way to use up apples that you may have on hand-before they spoil. And, what a tasty way to be frugal. Anyone wanting a homemade gift? Yes, please.