A friend of mine posted an apple butter recipe on Facebook a couple weeks ago. I've never tried apple butter, but the recipe looked simple enough, so I wrote it down to try later (yesterday).
The first step was to gather six apples, and core them. The recipe suggested Gala, but I used Braeburn. I used the Apple Wedger to core the apples, and the knife to take out any bits of the core left on the wedges.
Six apples makes a large plate full! I did lose three slices; two to #5 who wanted to help, and one to the floor due to my own clumsiness.
The apples then needed to be "roughly chopped" and added to the crock pot. I cut the smaller pieces in half and the larger pieces into thirds.
Add in the remainder of the ingredients (1-4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup water, and 1 Tablespoon (ground) cinnamon.
Stir everything up. Put the lid on, and set it to cook for 4-1/2 hours on Low heat. Check regularly to make sure the apples aren't drying out.
After it's cooked 4-1/2 hours, take the contents out, put them in a blender and purée until smooth.
If it's runny, or reminds you of apple sauce, put it back in the slow cooker and set it for 1 hour on High without the lid - checking frequently. You want it to be a deep brown with the consistency of jam.
I put mine back in for an hour, then another hour, then another half an hour. It took a total of seven hours (4-1/2 on low with the cover on, and 2-1/2 on high with the cover off) before it got to any consistency resembling jam. It probably could have cooked longer, but by then it was late at night and I didn't want to fight with it any more.
In all, I got 16 ounces (2 cups) of apple butter and I used some of the extra (not out of the 16 ounces) to make "fruit leather" in the dehydrator. I'm not sure how that will turn out, as with apple butter, this is a first attempt.