Sunday, January 5, 2014

Slow Cooked: Honey Date Apple Butter

Welcome to the month of slow cooked foods! Cousin Jen asked for more slow cooker food. I can't promise that everything will take 8 hours to make. Sometimes, a slow cooker is just a great way to make soup! And there will be a few deviations along the way. I already have two things planned that are most certainly not made in a slow cooker.

But this was!

Honey Date Apple Butter

5 lbs of apples
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp powdered ginger
2-4 tbsp Honey Date Balsamic
2 1/2 cups white sugar

Peel, core and dice the apples finely. The smaller you chop them, the smoother your end product will be, so it is up to you.

Place the apples in your slow cooker. Mix the sugar, balsamic and spices together in a large bowl. Pour over the apples, stir to combine and turn it on.

Cover and cook on high for an hour or so then turn it to low and let it go for 9 hours or so. It should be thickened and a dark brown in color. It will probably be a bit watery yet, so remove the lid and cook on low for another hour.

Stir it up and put it in some jars. Store in the refrigerator. Can also be frozen. Plan on using it within two weeks though.

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