OK, you have 5 pounds of apples… all these wonderful apple festivals going on, they were a bargain, but now you need to use them up. Well here’s a deal for you, you can make apple butter in the slow cooker and apple jelly while it cooks.

You will need some 1/2 pint or pint jars to store the goodies afterward, and have something to enjoy or give as gifts, without a lot of effort.

Here you go… Apple butter in the crockpot

5  pounds apples – peeled, cored and finely chop

3 cups white sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples in the slow cooker and mix well.
  2. Cover and cook on high 1 hour.
  3. Reduce heat to low and cook 9 to 11 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
  4. Uncover and continue cooking on low 1 hour. Stir with a whisk, if desired, to increase smoothness.
  5. Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate or seal in jars and process in boiling water bath for 15 minutes.

Now for some Apple Jelly

Take those peels and cores, put them in a pot and cover with water to barely cover.

Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let set for about 15 minutes.

Pour through a strainer and discard, peels, pulp and seeds, mash a bit with a spoon to get all the juices out.

 Measure the juice and pour it into a pan.  Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice per quart of apple juice. If you want ‘spiced’ jelly add a couple of teasppons of ‘redhot’ cinnamon candy, that  will make your jelly a pretty pink color too.Bring to a boil and add 1 cup of sugar for each cup of juice. Stir constantly and let it come to a full boil, turn down the heat and cook 5 minutes.

Ladle into sterile jars and seal. Process in boiling water bath 15 minutes.

I can’t tell you how much you will get, exactly… That depends on your apples, how long you cook the apple butter down and how much juice you get from your peelings…

It’s also a fun way to teach kids ‘frugality’.