The Unappreciated Apple: Crab Apple Butter

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The Unappreciated Apple: Crab Apple Butter

Crab apples are often overlooked when it comes to preserving and cooking. Who could blame you? A crab apple is both sour and bitter at the same time. They often look funky. It takes some real creative genius for making them taste just right, but fear not… I’ve done the work for you.

Crab apple butter is an amazing thing. It is like a thick, sweet apple sauce that is used as a condiment. It can be used in a sandwich or on toast.

Apple butter is an amazing thing. It is like a thick, sweet apple sauce that is used as a condiment. Apple butter can be used in a sandwich or on toast, warmed and dolloped on top of ice cream, or swirled into yogurt. The possibilities are endless.

Homemade Crab Apple Butter

Ingredients

  • 12 c. Crab Apple Pulp
  • 5 c. Sugar
  • 2 med. Oranges (grated zest & juice)
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 3/8 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 3/8 tsp. Allspice

Crab apple butter is an amazing thing. It is like a thick, sweet apple sauce that is used as a condiment. It can be used in a sandwich or on toast.

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a slow cooker and turn to high.
  2. Cook with the lid off and stirring every hour or so for 8-10 hours (or until the mixture thickens and cooks down by half).
  3. The butter is done when it mounds a bit in a spoon. When you place a spoonful of it on a plate, no liquid should leak from it.

Preserving Your Butter

You can water bath can the butter for 15 minutes in half-pint or pint jars.

Here are some more great fruit butters to try: traditional farmhouse pear, fresh peach, nectarine maple vanilla, and stone-fruit butter. You’ll also love this new book from my friend Kathie of Homespun Seasonal Living. It’s called The Fiercely DIY Guide to Jams, Jellies & Fruit Butters. Kathie creates fruit pairings and combinations that blow the mind.

You may also enjoy  Homemade Applesauce & Recipes Using Applesauce

How do you enjoy your apple butter? What apples have you used when making it? Talk to me in the comments below!

Crab apple butter is an amazing thing. It is like a thick, sweet apple sauce that is used as a condiment. It can be used in a sandwich or on toast.

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I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

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        • If you don’t have a pulp machine, you can peel, cut, and core the apples and mash them with a potato masher as they soften in the slow cooker. I’m afraid straining would turn it into a loose jelly instead of a fruit butter. You can also run it through a Cuisinart or blender after it’s softened.

  1. Thank you so much for the recipe for crabapple butter. I have been playing with crabapples for 4 or 5 years now and everyone thinks I am crazy. When you say pulp that is your “precooked” apples correct? I am in the process right now of making some crabapple cinnamon jelly and was thinking since you only use juice for jelly I could use the leftovers for butter?

    • Great question Bridget! I think it might work, but here are my thoughts. First, I’d cut back the amount of sugar a bit since there will be less fluid in the mix and you don’t want it too thick with the full amount of sugar. Second, you may want to play around with the amount of spices you add. I don’t know how much change to the flavor there would be with less juice.

      Be sure to report back with how it goes. 2-for-1 would be awesome!

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