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In Case They Can't Find ItHeather, in case the forum admin can't find it, Auntie M posted one in January. I know how you feel as I've gone thru my recipe collection 3 times looking for my favorite pork chops with apples, onion and cabbage! And I'm sure it's right where I left it (aarrgghhh). CROCKPOT APPLE BUTTER Kitchen Equipment & Ingredients needed: 1 Crock pot (slow cooker) 6 quart size (if your Crockpot is smaller, reduce the ingredients proportionately) Bowl Large utensil for stirring:(wooden spoon etc.) Ladles Wire whisk Freezer containers (if freezing butter) Jar grabber (to pick up the hot jars) Lid lifter (has a magnet to pick the lids out of the boiling water) Jar funnel 1 Canner: (a huge pot to sterilize the jars of apple butter) Ball jars INGREDIENTS: 5 1/2 pounds apples-peeled, cored and finely chopped* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tsp. Unsalted butter (prevents sticking and/or scorching) 4 tablespoons grated lemon zest 3 cups sugar (optional) Sugar Substitutions: http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Baking-with-Sugar-and-Sugar-Substitutes/Deta... *Types of apples you can use: Jonathan, Winesap, Stayman, Golden Delicious, Macintosh, or mix them for added favor. If you use the sweeter apples, like Macintosh or Jonathan you may not even need to add sugar. This will emphasize the natural sweetness of the apples. I made it both ways turned out fine with or without sugar. Bonus: Waste not, want not: Wash apples, remove apple stems, cut into four wedges, remove core, cut into cubes and chop in blender or food processor till consistency of thick applesauce. Skins too! Why waste the most nutritional part of the apple and there is no peeling. Add spices and then proceed with directions. . DIRECTIONS: Combine sugar and spices; pour over apples and mix well. Place apples in a Crockpot.* Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 9-11 hours or until thickened and dark brown, stirring occasionally (stir more frequently as it thickens to prevent sticking). Uncover and cook on low 1 hour longer. If desired, stir with a wire whisk until smooth, allow cooling. Spoon into freezer containers, leaving ½ in headspace, Cover and refrigerate or freeze, or Place hot butter, in hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4" headspace. Cover with hot sterilized lids and rings. Process: in a water bath for 10 minutes. Remove to counter and allow cooling before storing in a cool, dry, dark place. If you don't process in a water bath, the butter can be kept refrigerated for up to three weeks or frozen for up to one year. *I have a tall round Crockpot and I use a stainless steel bowl that fits on top for a lid, so I can stack the apples up, no worries they will cook down. Just gives me more butter. This also makes a great food gift.

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