Apple Butter

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Recipe - Apple Butter - A Seasonal Favorite

From the Weston Kitchen

7+ hours
Cook Time


  • 10 pounds of apples, cored and sliced
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  • You can mix and match a variety of apples, depending on the flavor profile you prefer
  • Note that softer apples cook down faster


A century ago, there were thousands of unique varieties of apples in the United States, but with the industrialization of our agriculture we have decided to only focus on a few varieties of apples. With the loss of biodiversity we have lost a lot of flavors, at least at the supermarket. The apple industry settled on a handful of varieties to promote and market. They became commercially extinct—but not quite biologically extinct. You can still find a good variety at the farmer's markets and your local orchards. 

How To

  1. Core and slice apples
  2. Toss with sugar and spices
  3.  Cook on low for ~12 hours in the slow cooker
  4.  Once the apples are soft, puree in batches in blender until smooth
  5.  Place back in slow cooker for a few more hours to let flavors caramelize
  6.  Apple butter will keep in the refrigerator for a month, and you can also can or freeze some to enjoy throughout the year.

Makes 6 to 8 pint jars

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