Catherine Albert, a resident of Signature Healthcare of Putnam County in Algood, Tennessee, peels and cores apples for making apple butter.
“I haven’t done this in ages,” stated Ms. Albert. “It really takes me back.”
The apple butter will be for sale at their Fall Bake Sale on September 23rd, along with other apple-themed baked goods made by staff and residents.
Crock Pot Apple Butter (Makes 4 pints)
- 6 Â½ pounds apples, peeled, cored and sliced (I used a combination of Granny Smith, Fuji and Honeycrisp)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Â½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Â¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- Â¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Place apples in slow cooker. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Sprinkle over the apples and stir gently to combine. Cook on low for ten hours.
- Stir in vanilla extract, breaking up any large chunks of apples that remain. Cover and cook for an additional 2 hours.
- Remove cover and use an immersion blender to puree the apple butter until completely smooth. (Alternately, you could puree in batches in a food processor or regular blender.) If you want the apple butter thicker, you can continue to cook it on low with the lid of the slow cooker slightly ajar so that steam can escape.
- Allow the mixture to cool, then spoon into jars and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 2 months.