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Homemade Apple Butter {keto, paleo, vegan}


  • Author: Monster Cookie
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes to 8 hours
  • Total Time: 1 hour to 8.5 hours
  • Yield: About 8 cups 1x

Description

Did you know that apple butter is actually very easy to make? You have got to try making your own delicious apple butter to enjoy this fall!


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Ingredients

Crockpot and StoveTop Ingredients:

Instant Pot Ingredients:

Optional Ingredients:


Instructions

Crockpot Directions:

  1. Core apples (peel if desired, but you will not notice the skins in the finished product) and cut into quarters and then cut the quarters in half (see picture of my crockpot full of raw apples above). Place in the crockpot with the apple cider and the apple cider vinegar.
  2. Cook the apples on low for 8 hours.
  3. Using an immersion blender or working in batches with a regular blender, puree the hot apples.
  4. Add the cinnamon and taste test. Decide if you would like to add any of the optional ingredients (make the flavor how you want!).
  5. If the apple butter is too runny, you can either continue to cook the apple butter on low in the crock pot with the lid off, or you can transfer the apple mixture to a pan to cook off some of the liquid on the stove. Heat until the apple butter has reached your desired consistency. If you use the stovetop, stir frequently to make sure the apple butter doesn’t burn to the bottom of the pan.
  6. Enjoy!

Stovetop Directions:

  1. Prepare the apples in the same way as the crockpot directions above.
  2. Put the apples, apple cider, and the apple cider vinegar in a large pot.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and allow the apples to simmer until they are soft, about 30 minutes. Stir frequently, checking the liquid level to make sure there is enough liquid so that the apples will not burn to the bottom of the pan. Add additional apple cider if needed.
  4. Using an immersion blender or working in batches with a regular blender, puree the hot apples.
  5. Add the cinnamon and taste test. Decide if you would like to add any of the optional ingredients (make the flavor how you want!).
  6. If the apple butter is too runny, continue to cook it on the stove over low heat until it has reached your desired consistency.
  7. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Directions:

  1. Prepare the apples in the same way as the crockpot directions above.
  2. Put the apples, apple cider, and the apple cider vinegar in the Instant Pot.
  3. Put on the lid and position the vent valve to the sealing position. 
  4. Set the Instant Pot to cook on High Pressure for 15 minutes.
  5. If you have time, let the Instant Pot naturally release. If you are in a hurry, let the Instant Pot naturally release for 10 minutes and then do a quick release to let out the remaining pressure.
  6. Using an immersion blender or working in batches with a regular blender, puree the hot apples.
  7. Add the cinnamon and taste test. Decide if you would like to add any of the optional ingredients (make the flavor how you want!).
  8. If the apple butter is too runny, select Sauté on the Instant Pot and simmer the apple butter until it has reached your desired consistency. Stir frequently to make sure the apple butter doesn’t burn to the bottom of the pan.
  9. Enjoy!

Notes

Storage: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.

Freezing: Apple butter can easily be frozen! Store in freezer safe containers for up to a year for best freshness, although it will be safe to eat indefinitely.

Canning: Apple butter is a great recipe to can! Ladle hot apple butter into sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and wipe jar rims clean with a rag. Tighten lids on with a screw band. Process in a water bath for 10 minutes. Store canned apple butter in a cool, dark place for up to 18 months.