In my opinion, if you are going to be doing any volume of apple peeling you should have this apple peeler/corer tool. (It works great for apple pies!) My husband, who isn't very adept in the kitchen, assists me with making apple butter by working this little apparatus. He works the peeler, I chop. (When we give apple butter away as gifts he takes credit for his assistance in the making of it!) In about 20 minutes we had a batch of apples in the crock pot.
When the apple butter is done you will have a chunky mixture. I use an immersion blender to blend it to a smooth state. If you don't have an immersion blender you can put the mixture, in batches, in a blender or food processor. Be careful with the hot mixture in those appliances, however, as they can explode on you! A whisk and arm power work too!
The best part of making apple butter? Some warm apple butter on a piece of toast! So yummy!
APPLE BUTTER (CROCK POT)
3 cups sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon salt
Place the apples in a large bowl. In a medium bowl mix the sugar, spices and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples in the bowl and mix well. Add mixture to slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.
Reduce heat to low and cook 9 to 11 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and quite brown. Stir with a whisk or immersion blender to increase smoothness. (I usually let mine cook all night and I put in jars in the morning).
Spoon the mixture into sterile containers and process for jam preservation. Alternatively, may freeze. Makes seven 8-ounce jars.