There’s something truly captivating about the rich, caramelized flavor of spiced apple butter. It’s a quintessential condiment for fall that has truly stood the test of time. So we thought it was about time we shared all things apple butter; how to make it, and the delicious ways we like to serve it.
Apples have a storied history in the United States, grown in all 50 states but commercially prospering in just 36. With California as the 5th largest producer of apples nationwide, it’s no surprise that apple-related recipes are a hit among locals. Out of the many apple recipes that have made their mark, one stands out in particular: Apple Butter.
While places like the Pacific Northwest may get the limelight for their apple production, upper Northern California isn’t far behind. Perfectly suited for Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, and Cripps Pink, the region comes alive with apple orchards during the harvest season, which spans from July to October.
The answer might surprise you: No, it’s not. But the magic lies in choosing the right ingredients and having a tad bit of patience. With a slow cooker and some fresh California apples, the process becomes incredibly straightforward. In essence, it’s about letting the slow cooker do the heavy lifting.