Slow-Cooker Apple Butter

Active time: 20 minutes

Total time: 12 hours 20 minutes

Makes:  8 cups or 8 half-pints

6 pounds medium apples, peeled and cored, then chopped or sliced into 1/2-inch pieces

1 cup packed Schnucks light brown sugar

3/4 cup Schnucks apple cider

1/2 cup Schnucks pure honey

2 teaspoons McCormick ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon Schnucks ground cloves

1. Into 6-quart or larger slow cooker, add all ingredients and stir; cover and cook on low 12 hours, stirring one or twice if desired.

2. With immersion blender, puree apple mixture to smooth, buttery consistency. (If a thinner texture is desired, cook, uncovered, 1 hour longer).

If an immersion blender is not available, apple butter can be pressed through a fine mesh strainer or pureed in small batches in a food processor of blender.

From Schnucks

cider baked apples

6 Cortland apples cored and quartered

1 cup of cider

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup granola breakfast cereal

Place apples in a baking dish and pour cider over apples.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.  Cover and bake at 350 degrees until apples are soft.  Sprinkle cereal over the apples just before serving so it stays crunchy.  Also yummy to top with your favorite yogurt.

low fat chocolate muffins

1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour

1 tsp. baking soda

3/4 cup organic blue agave nectar

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp white vinegar

1/3 cup plus 2 Tblsp unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1 cup water

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and distribute into muffin pans.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 15-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

 Apple Recipes from Home and Around the Country

Grandma Rose's Applesauce Cake

1 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 1 cup applesauce

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup Crisco

1 1/3 cup flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cloves

little nutmeg

Bake in 8x8 or 9x9 pan at 375 degrees

This is Lugene's grandmother's recipe that has warmed us on many a cold evening

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 Apples Really Can Keep the Doctor Away...

No "Field Access" or parking fee.  Pay only for what you pick at our family orchard! 

"Learn from the way the flowers grow. ..not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them."  Matthew 6: 28-29

Liberty Apple Orchard

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

These are the apple cider donuts that were available at the orchard a few weeks ago.  You could call these Apple Cider Donuts sans guilt!  They are baked with wheat flour, though no one will know. 

Lower Cholesterol

Fiber found in apples lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol, according to an Ohio State University study.


Munch on the whole apple rather than enjoying only the juice, as the peels contain the most antioxidants.

Stronger bones, better diabetes management, Perfect Dieting Aid, Help for Asthma in Children, reduction in Cancer

For more information about health and nutrition facts, as well as research, go to and