Monday, December 19, 2011

Cranberry-Apple Butter

A slow cooker is the perfect way to make your own apple butter, or in this case, cranberry-apple butter.  Personally, I'm a little too lazy to do any canning, so we just eat it in a marathon of bread and rolls, and give away any surplus to a friend or neighbor.  This actually cooks down quite a bit, so it's not as much as it seems!   Try it out!

Cranberry-Apple Butter

6 large cooking apples, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced
1 cup apple juice
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1 large strip lemon zest
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.  Mix thoroughly.  Cover; cook on low 8-10 hours or on high 4-5 hours.  Stir every 2 hours.  Remove cover after 3 hours to allow fruit juices to cook down.  Spoon into sterilized jars and process with standard canning methods.

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