24 hour Apple Butter

Fall is in full swing in Virginia! The trees are full of yellow, red, and orange leaves. The air is crisp. I’m having to bundle up with lots of sweaters (Hell, last weekend, we went to PA and it snowed! Flipping SNOWED in October!). So now that it’s November, I decided to make apple butter (plus I have some generous friends who gave me apples after their trip to the orchard). After a quick search on Pinterest, I found LOTS of recipes for Apple Butter but none of them were Adkins friendly. So obvoioisly, I had to adjust some things. Here is what you need:

  • Crock pot
  • 3 lbs of apples (I used a mixture. Mostly red though)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie spice (it has cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom)
  • 3 cups of Splenda
  • 1/2 cup of Sugar (if you don’t want to use splenda, just use 3 1/2 cups of regular granulated sugar)
That’s it! After you peel and core the apples, put them in the crock pot with your sugar and spices. Set the tempature on high for one hour with the top on, then low with the top on for 9 hours. After 9 hours, take the top off, put it on low for another 12-15 hours so the moisture can be drawn out. I started this at 10am on Saturday and finished 10am on Sunday. So here is my adventure in apple butter with pictures…

Peeled and Cored for the garbage compost!

Before!

Apples all chopped up at 10 am!

At 1 pm!

At 5:30 pm!

At 10 am the next morning, I filled the jars!

Final product!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The biggest thing I learned while making this is, when you think it’s done, it’s not! It has to get to apple sauce first, then to apple butter. And just keep stirring. When it’s super duper thick and there is no moister in it, that’s when it’s done. And if you want to thin it out, use a whisk.

If you have any questions, just let me know! Happy DIY!

xxoo

Tasha

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