We were fortunate enough to buy two huge boxes of apples for a very great price from one of the vendors at our local farmers market. I LOVE the farmers market!!
10-20 apples, depending on apple size. (I always use a few different types of apples and I never really count how many apples I use, I just fill the crock pot up.)
1 strip lemon peel
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 3inch cinnamon stick (or 1/2 - 1 teaspoon cinnamon, depending on how much you love cinnamon.)
5 teaspoons light brown sugar
1. Peel, core, and chop the apples.
2. Add the lemon peel, lemon juice, cinnamon stick (or powder), and brown sugar.
3. Set crock pot on low and cook for about 6 hours. Stir apples occasionally, apples will slowly soften.
4. Remove cinnamon stick and lemon peel. Using a whisk or a masher, blend and smash applesauce to your chunk liking. I like my apple sauce on the chunkier side, so I tend to not smash my apples too much.
5. Applesauce will keep in fridge for up to 3 weeks, or if you wish, can your applesauce.
1. Fill mason jars to 1/2 inch from top.
2. Remove air bubbles, wipe rim, center lid on jar and screw on ring.
3. Place jars in canner, ensuring jars are covered with 1/2 inch of water. Bring to boil for 20 minutes.
We made two crock pots of applesauce and filled 8 pint jars. Of course, we ate a jar right away, so we're missing one in the photo! Nothing better than warm applesauce!
Our double batch of apple sauce filled two packages of 4 oz jars and left enough for everyone to have some for dessert that night.