8 large apples, pared, cored and quartered then diced or sliced
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp. orange peel
1 cup of apple cider or water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
3 tsps. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp each of allspice, nutmeg, cloves
2 tbsps. lemon juice
I decided to use my crockpot to make the apple butter. The original recipe calls for making apple sauce (using an additional 1/4 cup liquid). I skipped this step and just dumped everything into the crockpot.
I started my crock on low and when this proved to be too slow, I moved the heat up to High for four or five hours, then reduced it to Low once more and allowed all of this to cook for about 20 hours total.
My crockpot runs a little hot in one area, so I was careful to stir frequently. I also smashed apples as they were tender enough to break up.
The next morning, I allowed this to cool for about an hour, then put the apple mixture into my blender and blended on low until it was smooth. If you do this be sure to remove the center of the lid to allow steam to escape.