Ingredients 5 1/2 pounds apples - peeled, cored and finely chopped
4 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
DirectionsPlace the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples in the slow cooker and mix well.
Cover and cook on high 1 hour.
Reduce heat to low and cook 9 to 11 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
Uncover and continue cooking on low 1 hour. Stir with a whisk, if desired, to increase smoothness.
Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze.
Water bath for 10-15 minutes.
I have made this one twice now. I got 12 jars (half-pint) the first time and about 15 the second time. Used 5 1/2 to 6 pounds of apples the first time. Second time just crammed as much as possible into the crockpot...probably around 6 1/2 pounds.
The spices...Well, as far as cinnamon goes, I'm one of those "if a little's good, a lot's better" people. Can you really get too much cinnamon in something? Just askin. So, here's what I did on the spices. 2-3 tablespoons of cinnamon, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon each of cloves, nutmeg & allspice, and about a 1/2 teaspoon of ginger. Now then, that's better!
Before I did this, I knew just enough about a water bath to look stupid in a conversation. So, I did some online research, read up on it, and poof...now I know what I'm doing. The original recipe did not require a water bath. But what I discovered in my research was that IF you do a water bath, whatever is in the jars will last longer. Now, I know this stuff ain't gonna last long at my house. BUT, I did give several away and I don't know how long it's gonna sit on someone else's shelf. So, there ya have it.
If you ever had a hankerin' to make jams or jellies of any sort, this is a really easy place to start. The only previous experience I had was strawberry jam with a friend a couple of summers ago...and she knew what she was doing. I was just there for moral support. (o: Let me know if you try this one. I would love to hear whatchya think.