Chef John’s Apple Butter

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Ingredients:

  • 5 pounds Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 splash water

Directions

Place apple pieces into a large slow cooker. Add white sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and vinegar. Add a splash of water and mix well.

Cover and cook on High until apples are starting to soften and release liquid, 1 to 2 hours. Reduce heat to Low and cook, uncovered, until all the apple flesh is dissolved, 5 to 6 hours. Stir occasionally.

Puree using an immersion blender until smooth.

Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until darkened and thick, about 4 hours more. Pass apple butter through a strainer if desired. Seal in a glass container and refrigerate until cool.

Recipe courtesy allrecipes.com

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