Sunday, November 01, 2009

Fall applesauce in a crockpot

Applesauce: the finished product
Pulse apples and company in a food processor with cider or water to make a smooth applesauce.

Ava helping me wash and prep apples for our crockpot applesauce. The red pjs are her princess pjs.

Fall apples are usually friendly on your budget when in season. You can usually find on sale for under a dollar per pound.

Fall apples are fresh, delicious and taste oh, so sweet. I love to go and buy bags and bags and try to preserve some of the fresh taste for the winter months when apples that taste like plastic abound.

Canning is good, but I love the taste of frozen applesauce, which is still a little slushy. Maybe because my mom used to serve it to us this way. It's just so good.

Here's how to make a simple and fresh applesauce in your very own crockpot.

Fall applesauce in a crockpot


crockpot and apple corer

3 lbs of apples (any tart apple will work. I used gala and Mcintosh apples)

1/2 cup of apple cider

1 cinnamon stick

1/2 cup of brown sugar (may substitute white if you do not have brown)

1 to 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice depending on how tart your apples are

Making the applesauce.
1. Peel, core and cut apples into fours

2. Add to crockpot along with rest of ingredients

3. Cook for four to six hours, or until apples are broken down and yummy

4. Add more cider or water if apples are too thick.

5. Blend with more water in food processor or blender if you would like to have smooth, leave as is if you like it more chunky.

Freeze in Ball freezer jars. These plastic 16 oz jars are amazing because you can stack them on top of each other and they screw on. Love them. I got mine at Whole Foods, but Amazon has them cheaper.


Deni said...

i love my crockpot and that sounds delicious. I actually made Autumn Pork Chops tonight in mine - basically its pork chops cooked apple cider, though I added a little applesauce for some thickness.

Brandon said...