My mother-in-law made the best apple butter. Our daughters Kelli and Kayla would beg for it and Grandma Kramer often sent a jar home with them after a visit. She was so sweet to them.
Kelli was especially in love with it and has often tried to find some that were “just like Grandma’s” but to date hasn’t found any. She’s bought a jar at a farmer’s market or the grocery store but none are the same.
In the past, I tried making apple butter but had no luck and often burned it. There are few harder things to clean up than burned apple butter but it’s hard to think of them. I tried and it had the wrong flavor too. I ended up giving up.
When I went to Carla’s last week to get apples, Carla said she had been out earlier and picked apples and had a batch of Crock Pot Apple Butter cooking. Um. I wanted the recipe!!
Crock Pot made it sound like a dump-and-forget recipe…and Apple Butter. Wow, YES! That was worth a try. I was hoping this time I wouldn’t somehow burn it.
Carla ended up stopping by later with this…
I tried it and YUM!! It seemed a lot like Grandma Kramer’s. I was excited to give it a try.
Here was the recipe Carla sent. It sounded…really easy.
I got busy and put a batch in each of my crock pots.
I started them cooking the evening I was making applesauce. I shut them off and left them in the pot overnight. Then when I woke up the next morning I turned the crock pots back on and let them cook.
The house smelled amazing. Everyone who came raved about the wonderful smell.
It tastes just wonderful.
There was the option to freeze or can the apple butter. I ended up canning it so I could easily give some to the kids if they wanted to take some home.
I am so amazed that even the skins on the apples cooked down. I’ll be making this again for sure…maybe even this year!!
I’m so excited to have Kelli give this a try. I hope she likes it and it’s up to Grandma Kramer’s standard. I think it is. Thanks so much for the recipe and the apples Carla!!