Slow Cooker Apple Butter 911

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I’ve always loved teaching.

When I was a young girl, I used to play school with my stuffed animals and any friends that I could trick into being a student in my class. I made an Attendance List (the students didn’t always show up on time!) and I taught math, writing, art, and deep life lessons from a 4th grader.

Turning to my stuffed duck “Quackers”, I would often say, “Quackers, why were you late for school this morning? I’m going to have to see you after class today.”

Sighing, I marked a big “L” beside his name.

“Jonathan and Annabel, please stop talking while the lesson is being taught.”

”PLEASE STOP TALKING CLASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ANNABELLLLLLLLLLL”

It wasn’t always roses and puppy dogs.

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While I didn’t end up becoming a teacher, I do like to pretend I’m one on the blog. I also know when you’re skipping class!

But today, I’d like to be the student. And I think you can help…

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I’m on a fruit butter making kick.

Earlier this week, I made my beloved pumpkin butter in a slow cooker and turned out wonderfully.

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I’ve been spreading it on everything and mixing it into oatmeal. As soon as I see sugar pumpkins at the market, I will be making pumpkin butter from fresh pumpkins later this Fall.

After my pumpkin butter success, I decided to make apple butter. I’ve never made it before, but I absolutely LOVE it. I researched about 10 different apple butter recipes, trying to decide the best way to make it (there are a lot of methods!). I decided to go with the most popular apple butter recipe on All Recipes with 5 stars and 525 reviews. Although, without the 4 cups of white sugar…

I added fresh ginger, ground cloves, cinnamon sticks, 1/3 cup Sucanat, and a 1/4 cup of apple juice instead.

Then I bought 5 pounds of local, sweet apples!

It took me just 10 minutes to peel 5 pounds of apples. Not too shabby!

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(That picture only shows half the apples)

I diced the apples. I added cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, apple juice, ground cloves, and a touch of Sucanat.

Mix in slow cooker:

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I heated on high covered for 1 hour. I waited.

Then I turned the heat to low, still covered, and cooked for another 15 and 1/2 hours. I waited. I may have slept.

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I came downstairs hoping to find thick and dark apple butter, but no such luck. I think it’s somewhere in between applesauce and apple butter right now!…

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I’ve been cooking it on medium heat, uncovered, for a couple hours so far this morning.

And I’m praying for a miracle.

Anyone have any words of advice for me? Did I make it all wrong?

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1 Renata September 15, 2011

Omg. I just had a dream about apple butter…you are PSYCHIC! Looks delish :)

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2 Jackie Smith September 15, 2011

I think you’re on the right track–trying to cook off the water. I hope there’s a happy update coming soon. :)

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3 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy September 15, 2011

I have never made apple butter, but want to someday. Apple butter was always a favorite of mine growing up!

PS: I made your Apple Pie oats this morning and LOVED them! It was the perfect breakfast for a very chilly MInnesota morning!!

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4 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2011

Glad you enjoyed it!

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5 Danielle September 15, 2011

It looks delicious! Its been cooking for a while, I wonder if taking t for a spin in the Vita Mix would get it to the consistency you want?

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6 Erin @ The Grass Skirt September 15, 2011

Do you think that you need to add more apples? Personally, I think it looks delicious!

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7 Lauren at Keep It Sweet September 15, 2011

I need to go home and make this! Love your new header:-)

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8 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat September 15, 2011

That must smell incredible! I thought about making homemade apple butter but it’s so much easier to buy it! :)

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9 Sara September 15, 2011

I love making apple butter! I always use a stick blender at the the end to smooth it out and give it the right consistency. Also, I don’t really use a recipe, but just add apple cider, cinnamon, and ground cloves and it turns out great! Good luck!

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10 Michelle September 15, 2011

Last year I made the apple butter recipe from my beloved crockpot book Fresh From the Vegetarian Slow Cooker.

If I remember right, I cooked the apples on low for several hours and then took the lid off and cooked it a couple more hours on high. My apartment smelled AMAZING. If memory serves, the total cooking time was around 8 hours.

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11 haya September 15, 2011

apple butter takes a long long time to get to a lovely thick buttery consistency. just keep cooking it!

i usually start with making apple sauce and then put the spices in with the sauce in the slow cooker and it still takes many many many hours, so don’t give up yet.

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12 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 15, 2011

Wish I could help. but I’ve never used a slow cooker. I always thought of it as something my grandmother used, but they are popping up all over lately. Time to break down and buy one tr try. :)

Good luck!

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13 Shelly September 15, 2011

I found a recipe for apple butter on The Kitchn and they said just to cook applesauce on low on the stove top until it turns into apple butter….So it sounds like you’re on the right track. Here’s the link if it helps.
http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/tips-techniques/apples-galore-how-to-make-apple-butter-097454

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14 Cait's Plate September 15, 2011

It still looks delicious though! I would happily eat it up in it’s current form. I’ve never made apple butter before so I don’t know what to tell you – hopefully all it needs is more time?!

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15 Megan @ The Detoxinista September 15, 2011

I’d assume that cooking it longer would eventually evaporate more of the liquid, and concentrate those yummy flavors. I’d probably throw it in the Vita-Mix to finish! Wish I could be more help, but I’ve never tried making apple butter, either! Google is usually my best friend in situations like this. ;)

Hope you figure it out!

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16 Julie September 15, 2011

Angela, I make apple butter every fall. It makes for great Christmas gifts, and everyone always loves it. This is how I do it. I core the apples and cut them in half (no peeling required). I bake them on a cookie sheet with a some water until they are soft. Then, the peels just come right off, and I scoop out the soft flesh. I blend most of it in the food processor, reserving some of the cooked apple mush to stir into it after the rest is pureed to give it some texture. Then I add the sugar and spices and cook it in the crock pot with the lid tilted for 8-10 hours. I sometimes have to add in a bit of apple juice throughout the cooking if it cooks down too much. The consistency is perfect, and the flavors get very concentrated.

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17 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2011

Thanks Julie!

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18 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 15, 2011

I hope it comes out well! I wouldn’t have used the 4 cups of sugar either, that’s a bit much no?

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19 Sara September 15, 2011

I think it’s on it’s way to deliciousness. Even if it doesn’t completely break down, chunky apple butter is probably great. This post reminds me that I’ve really been neglecting my slow cooker.

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20 Holly @ The Runny Egg September 15, 2011

No clue — but I would have a hard time waiting that long for it to work! It looks incredible and I would love to lift up the lid and get a big whiff. Yum!

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21 AGS September 15, 2011

Oh my goodness. Such memories. The first apple butter making experience involved me as an 8-year-old helping my Mom and a friend. I managed to badly slice my hand with an apple peeler. . . The second apple butter experience was just with my Mom. We got everything going. I think we were trying an oven-baked version, as opposed to stove top. We went off into the living room for stories, and then my brother and I went to bed. The next morning, I found out my Mom and fallen asleep, or gotten into listening to the radio or something. . . and the apple butter was burned! However, my Mom managed to salvage some of it (though you still kind of had a burnt apple taste on your toast from the spread).

Anyway, on both occassions, though, everyone was surprised how long it took for the water to evaporate (as is what lead my Mom to forget about it in the oven, I think). So, have no fear, you are on the right track. Just be sure to monitor it every hour. (wouldn’t want a burnt apple butter story to appear on your blog in a couple weeks. . .).

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22 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2011

Thanks so much!!

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23 Ashley September 15, 2011

Oh no!!! I hope it turns out [i just wrote “oat” bahaha] edible at least!! That was a lot of apples! :) Seriously…must.make.pumpkin.butter.now!!! I remember guzzling that stuff last year. p.s.imissyousomuch

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24 Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh September 15, 2011

I’ve never made apple butter before…But it looks amazing still! If anything, it will be like really delicious applesauce! ;) You could probably puree it in the vitamix too!

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25 Alicia @culinarybliss September 15, 2011

I think you just need to keep cooking it down. If you want to speed things up, do it on the stovetop. This way more liquid evaporates. Here’s my post about apple butter and canning it. http://culinarybliss.blogspot.com/2008/12/gifts-easy-last-minute-food-gifts-for.html

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26 je September 15, 2011

I think it looks delicious! If you want it thicker, maybe you could give it a whirl in the blender, then put it back in the CrockPot to keep cooking off the water?

I am looking forward to hearing how it turns out. I have always wanted to make apple butter.

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27 Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove September 15, 2011

I want to give out little jars of apple butter as favors for our wedding so I’m very interested to see if this works! I hope it does!!

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28 Sweet and Savvy September 15, 2011

Wow! What an awesome way to make homemade apple butter! :) I never would have thought of using a slowcooker!

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29 Lisa September 15, 2011

I would use an immersion blender in it. It looks tasty!!

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30 Savina September 15, 2011

Anyone ever freeze this or pumpkin butter? Thinking about making a big batch and freezing so I can enjoy all fall.

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31 kati August 11, 2013

I freeze apple butter all the time. Instead of putting it in jars, just put it in freezer containers and put in the freezer.

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32 WendyF September 15, 2011

Question for you regarding the pumpkin butter, did you use the exact same recipe as your stove top method or did you make any modifications? I want to make the pumpkin butter this weekend and I love the idea of making it in the slow cooker.

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33 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2011

Yup, I used the same recipe and just cooked in on high for 45 mins or so and then on low until the thick, dark consistency was achieved.

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34 wendyf September 15, 2011

Yum! That’s great to hear. I haven’t been able to find any in Ottawa — I will be making it this tomorrow:-D

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35 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 15, 2011

That’s it – you and Mama Pea have both convinced me this morning that I need a slow cooker!! Regardless of whether it’s apple sauce or apple butter, I’m sure it will be delicious!

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36 Heather @ Get Haalthy with Heather September 15, 2011

I’ve never tried making apple butter before… Does it need to be blended after? If it’s a super cinnamony apple sauce mixture then I think it’ll still be a hit!

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37 Truc September 15, 2011

Two thoughts. First, echoing previous commenters, apple butter in my experience takes a LONG time to cook down (and I’ve generally done it on the stovetop). With a lid on the slow cooker, I imagine evaporation of the water would be slowed.

Second, I’ve made a bunch of batches of apple butter, and I’ve found that the color varies considerably, so don’t stress about that. My latest batch has the right texture and taste, but is surprisingly light in color.

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38 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2011

Interesting, thanks so much!

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39 random September 15, 2011

When my mom used to make it she only used the juice of the apples and cooked that down nice and slowly into a thick and delicious paste. Good luck!

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40 Ana September 15, 2011

You’re close! I make mine without any added sugar-it really doesn’t need it. I throw in everything at night and by morning it looks like watery applesauce. Then I use a hand blender to smooth everything out. It it’s not the consistency of a spead/butter, I cook it down on the stove to remove the juices. Works perfect! Good luck : )

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41 Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 15, 2011

I’ve no idea! Still looks yummy though! :)

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42 Erin September 15, 2011

Great post Angela – I was actually thinking of making some apple butter this weekend! It sounds like you are on the right track, but I agree that leaving the lid on the slow cooker probably made evaporation minimal, especially if yours has a good seal on it.
We have a tree at home that is overflowing with golden delicious apples…maybe not the ideal variety for apple butter but worth a try! I asked a friend, and she suggested stewing them – cut around bugs or just cook them then core and with skins on. Use a European tomatoe press to take out the yuckies. Now I have to go shop for a tomatoe press!

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43 Dani September 15, 2011

You didn’t do it wrong! It has to cook for a LONG time. Seriously I cooked mine for over 24 hours. It keeps getting darker and better the longer you leave it, I promise! Keep chugging along!!!

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44 Hannah Hawley September 15, 2011

I live inside my Google Reader too much, LOVE the header!

As for applebutter, the one other time I have made it, I started by making homemade applesauce (quartered apples with a cup of water or cider and cook till mushy, then push through a Foley Food Mill) and added my seasoning and cooked that down.
Your’s is looking fantastic. Just keep an eye on it, and if you want it smoother, blend it up!

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45 Caitlin @ Cake with Love September 15, 2011

Apple butter is delicious, my granmother always makes it, we have a beatiful orchard and she picke each apple with care!! :) Also, I had some very good apple butter in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!

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46 erika September 15, 2011

I am thinking that maybe once it cools down it will be thicker – that the heat makes it thin.

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47 KatieG. @ Just Roll With It September 15, 2011

wowww….i know what i’ll be making this weekend…..yummm

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48 Sami September 15, 2011

I know this is out of the blue, but I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you…it’s been way too long since I’ve commented (I’m still reading, though!!). You were such a great encourager when I first started my blog, and I can’t believe I’ve been doing it now for about two years! I feel like it’s already come so far, and there is still a ton for me to learn!

Love ya, Ang! You are a beautiful woman, inside and out, along with a great example for all of those healthy living bloggers out there
XO.

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49 suzanne September 15, 2011

I would definitely move the lid to let some of the moisture out! I make mango butter like that too :)

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50 Diana Wright September 15, 2011

I just made several batches a few months ago. I think some apples have more water content and take longer especially if they are just picked. We have several trees so we always have a lot of apples. The recipe I used for crock pot apple butter says to put the apples in the blender near the the end of the cooking process and lightly pulse to the consistency you want. Then return the apples to the crock pot and cook UNCOVERED for the last hour checking and stirring as needed. It worked perfectly. I also made big batches of applesauce, and my favorite was apple pie jam.

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51 Alayna @ Thyme Bombe September 15, 2011

That looks awesome as is, but continuing to cook it with the lid off might cook off the rest of the excess moisture.

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52 Jaclyn T September 15, 2011

It looks yummers to me!

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53 Julie Bates September 15, 2011

Just keep cooking it! Usually when I make apple butter in the crockpot, I cook it over night (8-16 hours) with the lid propped open the whole time to let some of the liquid evaporate. Then blend with a stick blender at the end to reach the desired consistency. Good luck!

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54 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 15, 2011

Hmmm…I actually think it looks great!!

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55 mary @ what's cookin with mary September 15, 2011

You know what’s funny… yesterday afternoon the weather was getting a bit nippy and I thought to myself, I want to make apple butter! SO RANDOM. It looks to me like you’ve got a chunky apple butter. Maybe puree it ?

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56 Amber K September 15, 2011

You have given me so much to learn, and so I wish I could give back. But I have absolutely no idea! Although, I totally pretended to be a teacher too. I was even going to school for it, when I realized it is so much more fun to be an aide or volunteer in the class than the actual teacher.

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57 Christine September 15, 2011

I use a similar recipe as you and at the end I use a stick blender to get everything nice and smooth and then cook on high without the cover until it’s the desired thickness, stirring every 20 minutes or so. Hope it’s yummy! :-)

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58 Ashley September 15, 2011

Hmm wish I could help! But (and you might already know this) if you’ve lowered the sugar content of the original recipe, it might not be shelf stable. Not sure how you were planning on storing it but in the freezer might be best.

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59 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 15, 2011

You & I played the SAME game! Except my brother was a student too (needless to say, he was always the teachers pet haha)

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60 Kathryn September 15, 2011

Props for the rapid apple peeling. I have one of those apple pealer core remover things that you twist the apple on, best invention EVER. We have a place in the foothill called Apple hill. We make a yearly day trip up to pick apples, sample apple wine, try all the other apple amazements. It is great fun! I can’t wait for fall to kick in.

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61 tweal September 15, 2011

Not sure if this will help but here’s how I make mine:

lots of apples
leave peels on
chop into pieces
into the crockpot with cinnamon
cook on high for 8 hours or so, until it’s really thick and dark
puree with hand blender.

I have made multiple batches like this over the years, and it always turns out. And I’ve never needed to add sugar or sweetener of any kind – though that may depend on the type of apple being used.

Good luck!

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62 Tamikko Gordin September 15, 2011

If you find it still has to much water you could leave the lid off and let most of the water evaporate. I love adding arrowroot to thicken up fruit sauces. You’ll probably need a couple of tbsp of arrowroot powder to 1/4 cup of cold water. Stir to mostly dissolve and add to the liquid you want to thicken that is warm or hot. You’ll see it thicken up right away :)

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63 Tamikko Gordin September 15, 2011

Oh I forgot to mention ….YUM!!! Can’t wait to try the recipes. I love pumpkin butter and anything with apples :) Thanks for your amazing recipes.

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64 Liz @ Southern Charm September 15, 2011

At least what you have looks amazing!!

Can’t wait to find out the trick to finishing it!

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65 Heather (heathers dish) September 15, 2011

Homemade apple butter sounds amazing…the fact that I can make it in a slow cooker is just icing on the cake!

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66 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 15, 2011

Zero advice from me – I’ve never made apple butter and don’t even have a slow cooker! But good luck! that pumpkin butter looks amazing!

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67 Erin September 15, 2011

Hey Angela!! Just wondering about the Glo Bakery, are you still doing that? When will it be re-stocked!? I am anxiously waiting!

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68 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 16, 2011

Hey Erin,
I’m sorry that I don’t have any in stock- I had a sale Wed. and everything sold out super quickly (I think 5 mins or so!). I wish I could make an unlimited supply. I will be sure to update the shopping cart when I know when the next release date will be.

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69 Bev Weidner September 15, 2011

Can I get a hall pass, please? I really need to pee.

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70 katie@ KatieDid September 15, 2011

hmmm chunky apple butter isn’t so bad. Maybe try using an immersion blender? Or letting some moisture escape to condense it even more might work.

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71 VeggieGirl September 15, 2011

Keep us updated on how the apple butter turns out! I want to go apple picking in Georgia this fall and make lovely ciders and butters and all sorts of goodies :)

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72 Becki September 15, 2011

I’m just guessing here but I wonder if the 5 cups of sugar helped break down the apples in the original recipe….could you process it in the food proccessor beforehand or after? or just the apples beforehand or after?

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73 Karen D. September 15, 2011

I agree with the comments on leaving the lid off. I haven’t made this in a long time, but you do have to reduce it down by letting the moisture evaporate. Also, my father used to make apple butter without sugar. He would add raisins to the apples. It made the thickest, richest, most naturally sweet apple butter.

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74 Blaine September 15, 2011

I can help you! First, I boil the apples over high heat to give them a head start breaking down. Make sure the apples are covered well with water to start. Boil for about 30 minutes. Then I throw it all in the vitamix once it’s cooled down. After blending, THEN put it in the slow cooker on low, with the lid barely cracked and cook for at least 12 hours! Perfection! Ps- don’t add anything to apples until after you purée. Good luck, you’re going to love it!

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75 Blaine September 15, 2011

I should also note, purée the cooked apples WITH any leftover liquid – don’t drain! :)

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76 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit September 15, 2011

I need to make that pumpkin butter. To get the consistency of apple butter – you have to keep the lid on, but prop it up with some knives. I wish I could draw you a diagram.
1) lift up the lid on one side and slide a knife into the crockpot and let the lid rest of the knife.
2) Use a total of 4 knives.
3) the lid should then look like its on, but the knives will allow for ventilation
4) move it away from walls because it may splatter
5) on low for 4-5 hours and it should be nice and thick!
Also, you don’t need to peel the apples. If you make the apple sauce first and then just puree it, the skin gets broken down anyways and you can’t tell with the butter. PLUS the skin is where all the good stuff is. Good luck!

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77 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2011

It ended up turning out after 4 more hours of cooking with the lid ajar :) I was shocked!! Made just over 1 cup of butter and it’s soooo rich!!

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78 Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles September 15, 2011

I hope it turns out! I love apple butter and was turned off from making it because of the sugar.

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79 Becky September 15, 2011

Wow, this looks delicious, and now that fall is here (almost!) I just can’t eat enough cinnamony apples. Thank you for sharing this, I had no idea that apple butter could be made in the slow cooker. I have learned so much from your blog – you may not have a classroom, but you most definitely ARE a teacher, and a good one! :)

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80 Sabina September 15, 2011

I put a dish cloth under tin lid to absorb low moisture. I use a hand blender to puree the apples whew they are transferred to the stove top. I use agave instead of succanant.

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81 Anna @ The Guiltless Life September 15, 2011

I had a quick question re: Sucanat. Does it have the same effect on your blood sugar as white sugar, or is it slower absorbing like molasses and brown rice syrup and other natural sweeteners? I can’t eat the former but natural sweeteners don’t seem to affect me as much so I’m curious about Sucanat :).

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82 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2011

I’m not sure about its effects on blood sugar, but I do know that Sucanat is whole cane sugar which means it is pure dried sugar cane juice and the least refined. I loooove it. It’s not perfect for every recipe (tends to be dry), but it’s very wholesome tasting.

brown rice syrup is a sweetener that’s not supposed to spike blood sugar levels, but give a slow release. I don’t know if that’s been confirmed or not?

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83 Rachel September 15, 2011

When I made apple butter I blended all my apples into applesauce before I baked them down in oven (the house smells divine!)…but I really like the slow cooker idea because mine had a tendency to burn near the end :/ I would suggest blending yours’ up either with an immersion blender or a regular ol’ blender, to get it nice and creamy and spreadable :) then cook it some more with the lid off to get rid of any excess liquid…if you can wait!

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84 Carissa September 15, 2011

We made ours in the oven, but always make applesauce first and then turn it into apple butter with all the spices. It takes about 2 hours in the oven, and a lot of moisture evaporates. That would be a quicker method if you’re not set on using the slow cooker.

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85 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh September 15, 2011

I can’t really offer much more either except to give it a run through the food processor. I say can it and give it to readers. Oh um, did I say that outloud? :-)

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86 Ellie@fitforthesoul September 15, 2011

oooooo fruit butters!! I think I wanna make some too now! Hmmm Never tried making it before Angela, but I think fruit butters actually have MORE sugar in them than jams/preserves do? So perhaps it wasn’t enough sugar?

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87 Andrea September 15, 2011

I have never made apple butter before but I LOVE it! I would definately like to make some soon! I can see [from your reply to Leanne] that you got it done! Hopefully we’ll see some photos :) & I played school ALL the time when I was little :) Along with dentist & store!

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88 Wynne September 15, 2011

4 hours is fast! Good for you. Mine took so many hours I forgot to count. It was a multi-day project. But a very large batch, too, from almost a half bushel of seconds apples.

I core the apples (’cause of the cyanide in the seeds) but I don’t peel or chop as finely as you did. If you have a food mill, it’s awesome for smoothing out a puree while removing the peels. If I had a strong blender like a Vitamix, though, I might keep the peels.

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89 Alexis September 15, 2011

I’ve never made apple butter, but what you described is exactly how I make homemade applesauce (minus the sugar)! Also, it’s not necessary to chop the apples as you did. Within 3 hours in the slow cooker on low, they turn to complete mush. I just use an apple slicer and throw them in that way. I’d be interested to know if I keep cooking my applesauce, would it turn into apple butter??

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90 Wynne September 15, 2011

I think so. I started by making applesauce and cooked it down further (a LOT) into butter. Another previous poster started with sauce, too. I think I reduced it 300% or more. I also added spices, but I don’t suppose that’s required.

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91 Moni'sMeals September 15, 2011

All I know is your house must SMELL AMAZING!!!

I think like others taking the lid off would help, You would think anyways. :)

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92 Suzanne September 15, 2011

Do you need a slow cooker to make apple butter? I would LOVE to make some but don’t have a slow cooker and wasn’t planning on getting one anytime soon.
And ps I just tried my first green monster this morning and I’m HOOKED!! Thanks for sharing I love your blog :)

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93 Wynne September 15, 2011

I know someone who used an oven, but I don’t know the specifics.

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94 AGS September 16, 2011

My mom always used a stovetop or ove method. It takes more monitoring than a slow-cooker, but the results are still great.

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95 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 15, 2011

I think the apple butter will be delish.

I know you guys don’t have TJ’s up there but I am thinking of the TJs apple and pumpkin and mango butters…they say they are just fruit, sugar, pectin on the label but I don’t know how they get them so smooth. I would love their secrets :) No matter how much I blend them in my Vita, it never gets that perfect texture like theirs does.

Flavorwise your butter sounds amazing and I can’t wait to see the finished product! :)

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96 alisha September 15, 2011

Your recipes so far sounds amazing! I don’t know if this will work but you could always try adding in some arrowroot if you have any, it’s made to thicken things up and always works for me… I don’t think it has any real taste to it so it wouldn’t affect the butter!

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97 Jessi September 15, 2011

I love following your blog and have been consistently checking in, nearly every day, for a year now. I am making some nut butters for Christmas gifts this year and was wondering where you find those cute little spoons you always photograph (see photo in this blog)??

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98 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 16, 2011

Hey Jessi! They are from Crate & Barrel (called ‘appetizer’ spoons)

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99 Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife September 15, 2011

Sounds so yummy! I love making apple butter. While I know it seems terrible to add so much sugar, one of the reasons recipes tend to be so hefty in sugar is because it helps the apples break down and the butter become smooth. That’s not to say that it can’t be delicious without the sugar, but that may be why your butter seems to be taking a while. Perhaps it will continue to butter-ize after being cooked more? Best of luck, it really sounds yummy! Inspires me to make a healthier version of my apple butter this year. :)

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100 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 16, 2011

Thanks Lauren…that makes sense to me!
It took another 4 hours, but it worked wonderfully…I was shocked! I think t was about 19-20 hours total lol

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101 Jess September 27, 2011

I’ve found that if I prop the slow cooker lid up on a wooden spoon laid across the top of the pot that lets off the steam as it cooks and the cooking time is a little shorter.

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102 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 15, 2011

I’ve never been brave enough to attempt making fruit butter before so I have no words of advice for you. I hope it turns out though because it sounds delicious!

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103 kaila @ healthy helper! September 15, 2011

That looks so incredible!! I loooooove apple butter!

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104 Katrina September 15, 2011

I need this. Yum!

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105 Lisa September 15, 2011

the apple butter looks so yummy! I bet it turned out good!

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106 Emma September 15, 2011

I’ve had the most success roasting whole, cored apples covered in foil at 200 degrees for a few hours. No need to peel or anything. They literally liquefy. Then puree (in my old and clunky food processor) and press through a strainer (to get out the core/seeds nubs that might remain).
To make the butter a bit richer I add a knot of Earth Balance, some maple syrup and spices in the empty core before baking. It always turns out smooth and sweet and buttery.

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107 Shana September 15, 2011

I made peach butter recently (though I used canned because they were about to expire) and cooked it on high for a good six hours and then uncovered for another 4-5. Cooking it on low probably extends the cooking time by quite a few hours. Good luck! It look delish already!

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108 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 16, 2011

mmm I would love to make peach butter!

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109 Katie September 15, 2011

I’ve made apple butter without sugar many many itmes and it came out just as creamy as the stuff from the store after blending it with my immersion blender only. If that isn’t creamy enough, you can always stick it in the Vitamix!

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110 Ali Mc September 15, 2011

I can’t wait to see how this turns out. I am also interested in the pumpkin butter. sounds yummy. I’ll have to check back and see if any of the responses helped. I, unfortunately have no experience.

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111 angela @ pattycakesnpancakes September 15, 2011

I’d eat it! Looks super! But try putting it in a food processor? I saw a recipe that starts out using applesauce. Other recipes using cut up apples seem to come and coarse and thicker. Still delish though!

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112 Katrina September 15, 2011

I make lots of apple butter every fall. It’s quite easy to make sugar-free too. Just core, cut (and peel, if you want… not required but I like to save the peels to make apple peel jelly), cover in sugar-free apple cider, add any desired spices. Cook on low in slow-cooker until soft enough to mash (either with a fork, a potato masher or an immersion blender, depending on your apples and preference). Then, prop lid open for a few more hours until it is thick and brown. Even though sugar-free, it can be canned. If you can find Wellesley Apple Cider, they have one that’s sugar-free. I love it! Although Pumpkin Butter is also delicious, it can’t be canned since it is a vegetable. Enjoy!

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113 Nic@diningwithastud September 15, 2011

Maybe blend it? I’ve never made it before so not sure but perhaps a stick blender might help or even adding some sugar syrup?

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114 Kris | iheartwellness.com September 15, 2011

Hello Almond Butter…sigh. This shiz is expensive in store! I hope this tastes as glorious as it looks on a piece of toast for breakfast…..mmm

xxoo

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115 Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie September 15, 2011

Oh no I hope you figure it out!! Apple Butter is soo good! I’m kind of craving it now!

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116 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 16, 2011

I made apple butter this past week in the crock pot! I’ll post the recipe sometime next week.

I actually did a rough chop on my apples, used very little apple juice, some spices, and no added sugar. I didn’t peel them, and I put them in the slow cooker practically whole. I had my slow cooker going for a good 18 hours before sending the contents through the blender.

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117 Megan September 16, 2011

I used to make stovetop apple butter, though without the sugar. (Apples are sweet enough when you cook them down!) I found it worked best if I didn’t add any extra liquid and cooked it super slowly, though if I wanted to do things a little faster, I’d squeeze excess moisture out of the apple pieces when they were just-cooked. And I always cooked uncovered, so that the excess moisture could evaporate. Good luck!

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118 Jessica September 16, 2011

I hope it turns out for you! I have never made apple butter before so I can’t give any advice, but I definitely give you points for trying! :)

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119 Megan@eatmybeets September 16, 2011

I just found eatingbirdfood’s healthy recipe for apple butter. http://www.eatingbirdfood.com/2010/09/healthy-homemade-apple-butter/
She cooked the apples sliced with skin on for 15 hours on low with apple juice, apple cider vinegar, spices, and water. Then she let it cool for a bit and blended it in a blender.

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120 Kristie Clark September 16, 2011

Hey if you want it smoother maybe just put it in a blender! It looks yummie to me!

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121 Sarah September 16, 2011

I can’t offer any advice on the apple butter since I don’t have a slow cooker, but can I just say that i am SO happy to hear someone else played school as a kid??? We had rows of school desks set up in our basement, in fact! I of course, was always the bossy teacher. Obviously you can relate :-) I never became a teacher either, but I did remain bossy.

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122 Erin September 16, 2011

OMG! My daughter’s name is Annabel, spelled just the way you wrote it……I’ve only ever seen it one other place (a children’s cookbook writer named Annabel Karmel). It made my whole day to read the blog today!

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123 Michele Sparrow September 16, 2011

I have made apple butter many times and never use any sugar of any kind. I cook the apples with a touch of organic, unsweetened apple cider and cinnamon, cloves and all spice and I cook it on the stove. Once it is soft and cooked all the way through, I blend it in the vitamix and strain through a mesh to get out chunks if I want it to be smooth and creamy. Then I can it in jars like jam and it turns out perfectly every time. Getting ready to make apple butter again very soon as my friend has an organic apple orchard right down the road. Yours looks divine, I must say! :-)

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124 Tatyana September 16, 2011

OMG!!! I have to make this. I have a surplus of apples and this is the answer :)
Awesome post!

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125 saniel September 16, 2011

how long will these last in the fridge? the pumpkin butter looks just as yummy!

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126 Sarah September 16, 2011

When I made slow cooker apple butter, I first cooked the apples to soften and then ran through a food mill and made applesauce. (I left the seeds & skins on, the food mill will whisk them away!! So much easier than peeling.) I then added sugar & spices to the applesauce in the crock pot and cooked all day. The pre-smoothed product made for more surface area and faster cooking, I think. Kind of like the pumpkin has already been cooked once from its raw state & blended. Yours looks to be the right color, though!

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127 Mariah September 17, 2011

I made this yesterday using your sugar subs and Allrecipes spice combo- and it took forever but it is fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration – I didn’t even know you could make apple butter in the slow cooker! I’ll definitely be making it again..

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128 Jenna September 17, 2011

I’ve done apple butter quite often too, I also don’t add any sugar, just spices; cinnamon, cloves, maybe some nutmeg. I find the secret is to use a variety of kinds of apples, if able. I do applesauce first, on the stove, then I put it in the slow cooker overnight on low with the lid ajar (that’s so it can evaporate). It’s always worked perfectly! :)

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129 Jess September 17, 2011

Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I haven’t had apple butter in years and since fall is a few days it only seems right to whip some up :)

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130 Dayanna September 19, 2011

I am making apple butter right now with apples from our family tree! I am using a fusion between of a recipes off pinterest for slow cooker apple butter and yours! I reduced the sugar b/c I don’t like very sweet. Any tips? I hope it goes well.
Gosh, I love the smell of fall :)

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131 Rebecca September 19, 2011

Awesome Idea…I am new to your site but can’t wait to check it all out. Great Work!

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132 Tess September 20, 2011

I found this recipe for Slow Cooker Pear & Apple Butter while perusing the Martha Stewart website. It made me think of this post. Would be interesting to try…. *hint hint*

http://www.marthastewart.com/326858/slow-cooker-pear-and-apple-butter?czone=food/comfort-foods-center/comfort-foods-dishes&backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/slow-cooker-recipes

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133 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 21, 2011

Thanks I will check it out!
I just posted my second trial in another comment on the 3rd page of my steel cut oats post if you are interested :)

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134 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) September 21, 2011

Haha, I used to play school in the exact same way!! I would also FORCE my little sister and best friend to be students often.

I am a grade 7/8 teacher today :-)

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135 Kristin September 27, 2011

I made sugar free apple butter this year for the first time, after getting some advice from professional apple butter makers. I added arrowroot into the cider/juice before adding it to the apples and cooked it for 24 hours. You can check it out at seasonalfamily.com if you’d like! But I’m sure even thick and lumpy like the above picture would taste delicious! How can you go wrong with spices, apples and a little bit of natural sugar.

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136 Vanessa October 4, 2011

The apple butter looks delish! To get it nice and thick for the last few hours prop the lid open a bit to let the extra moisture evaporated out. I’m making apple butter this year to give away at Thanksgiving to all our guests! mmmm

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137 T October 7, 2011

Two reasons I can see that yours took so long to thicken.

First… you used all sweet apples. Most sweet apples have much more moisture than their tart counterparts… so the person who commented that it is best to use a mixture of types of apples is partially right… just make sure the majority of apples are tart. I use 10 Liberty, 10 Cortland and 5 Gala. (Gala being the only sweet choice)

Second, you used liquid versions of your sugar substitutes. Remember that apples are mostly water already, so as you cook them… even without adding a drop of liquid… you will have an inch or two of pure liquid at the bottom that has to cook out. By adding more… it has to cook longer. There is no harm in it cooking longer if it is in a crock pot as it should never get hot enough to scorch. It would be difficult to make your recipe over the stove as it gets hotter and will likely scorch before the water ever cooks out.

I’m sure it tastes amazing even if it did take an entire day.
I also use the tip that another comment mentioned… prop the lid up after the first 6 or 7 hours by placing wooden spoons across the pot and setting the lid on the spoons. This leaves some room for the steam to escape and get some of the moisture out.

Good luck.

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138 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 8, 2011

Thank you!

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139 Michelle March 10, 2013

I live in Australia, I have never, ever heard of Apple Butter?! What is it?? It sounds amazing.

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140 Kris March 4, 2014

I assume the apple butter is ready by now :-) For what it’s worth: the sugar you left out (so would I!) does the trick so maybe you would need to use a thickener like psyllium?

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