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Crockpot apple butter, sugar free - with step by step slideshow

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Easy crockpot apple butter is just the thing for cool, Fall days

The temperatures have dropped, the leaves are finally changing color, you're burning your cinnamon candles in the house and reveling in the feeling of Fall.  It's time to make an easy batch of crockpot apple butter.  This recipe takes those long hours over the stove, stirring and stirring, out of the equation and allows you to fit homemade apple butter into your already busy life.  You can store the apple butter in the fridge or process it in jars for later in the year. 

View step by step slide show here. 


  • 18-20 cups of peeled and sliced apples (approximately 20 apples)
  • 2 Tbls lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 cups Xylitol (or sugar) to taste
  • 1 Tbls Allspice
  • 2 Tbls Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbls Cloves
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Combine all ingredients except sweetener and cook in crockpot on low for 10-12 hours.  Turn to high and add sweetener.  Cook on high for three - four hours.  Adjust sweetener to taste - we prefer ours not overly sweet and so we only use 2 cups.  Some people prefer it much sweeter and add more than three cups.  For the last couple of hours put a couple of kitchen knives under the lid of crockpot to allow steam to escape and cook to desired thickness.  The apple butter has a tendency to splatter as it boils; putting knives under the lid makes clean up much easier.  If you don't want it chunky use a wire whisk to break up the pieces of apple.

You can now store in fridge, freeze or can your apple butter.  Slide show instructions are for processing in a steam canner.  Below are links for detailed instructions on canning with a steamer or a boiling water bath.

Processing times for apple butter
Hot Pack 0 - 1,000 ft
1,001 - 6,000 ft
Above 6,000 ft
quarts 10 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes
pints or cups five minutes 10 minutes 15 minutes

(These processing times are from guidelines provided by the National Center for Home Food Preservation.) 

Instructions for processing in boiling water bath.

Steam canner 

There is some controversy with regard to using steam canners.  Here is a link with specific instructions for using a steam canner for canning fruits.  Steam canner instructions.

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  • Rose 5 years ago

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing the recipe/article and the slide show.

  • Michael V 5 years ago

    Great article Mary. You put a lot of work into this.