Many recipes call for using the crockpot, but we used the stove top! It made 12 pints...plus a little more here and there from us tasting. :)
6ish pounds of apples peeled and sliced(or enough to fill up the pot you're using)
3 1/2-4 cups sugar(we tasted after 3 1/2 and felt this was more than enough-you can always add more later)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
Poor all ingredients in a pot and stir well(we used 3 different kinds of apples).
Let apples cook for 35-45 min or until soft(longer if your cut apples are thick) stirring occasionally. Use immersion blender or food processor until consistency of applesauce.
Cook for another 30 min on med-low heat to make it a thicker consistency(we left the top half on so it wouldn't pop out). Stir pretty often to prevent sticking to bottom.
Once your apples are to a consistency where it doesn't spread on a chilled plate, you're ready to can. We boil cans and lids in a pot to sterilize. Here are complete instructions for canning.
Take hot jars out and place on a towel or wire rack. Using a funnel(you can purchase a utensil set for $7 that has everything you need) fill jars with butter - be sure to leave about an inch of space at the top. Tightly place lid and rim on cans. If using a Waterbath canner(like we did), place jars on wire rack and lower into the water. Cover until there is an inch or so water over cans. Turn stove on high until it starts to boil. Let boil for 10 minutes then turn the heat off and let jars sit in water for about 5 more minutes. Remove jars from water and let cool on a towel or wire rack for 12 hours.
This apple butter will make your whole house smell amazing and it tastes fantastic. I would definitely suggest heating the apple butter up before serving. I can't wait to give these to our friends and neighbors.