Fall has finally arrived and I’m ready to can!
First up is a recipe I love and it’s easy. Apple cranberry butter made in a Crock pot. That’s right….a Crock pot.
All the ingredients go into your Crock pot set for low. Twelve hours later (yes it does take awhile) and you have a delicious batch of fruit butter ready for canning.
Now for those of you who think “great, I’ll start this at night and it will be ready in the morning.” The correct answer is yes it will be ready. However the butter mixture needs to be stirred every hour or so. I made my batch at 8 a.m. and it was ready for canning by 8 p.m.
Look for firm apples. I used Door County Honeycrisp apples and Wisconsin-grown cranberries.
APPLE CRANBERRY BUTTER
makes 8 half pint jars or 4 pint jars
12 apples, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
1 bag (12 ounces) of fresh whole cranberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon dried ginger
1/2 teaspoon dried ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste
Combine all the ingredients in the Crock pot and put on low heat. Cook for 12 hours, stirring every hour or so.
Your initial mixture will look like this……
After 12 hours, you will have apple cranberry butter.
Have your canning jars ready to go and start canning!