I am so glad that this recipe was posted. This is something that I can do. I want to do canning, I want to make cheese, yogurt, ice cream etc, but I don't know how to do any of this, don't have the items needed to do it, and it all seems overwhelming. But THIS I can do! I have a crockpot, so THIS is where I will start! Thank you so much for posting this recipe! And the great thing about it is that my husband and oldest son LOVE apple butter! So what a great way to warm hubby up to making homemade food! If I can get him some homemade apple butter then I think I got him hooked on canning, making cheese etc. some questions: What kind of apples do I need to use? Red Delicious? Gala? also can I use natural sugar to make the apple butter? Rather than white granulated sugar?