Sunday, October 23, 2016

Homemade Crockpot Applesauce

One thing I love about Fall time is making our own applesauce! We try to make enough to stock our pantry, as well as give a few mason jars away to family as a gift during Christmas time. 

This year, Sammy bought an apple peeler which definitely made the process of peeling and cutting the apples super simple. The ease of working the apple peeler also enticed the kids to help with applesauce this year! 

Watch Timothy's video!
 Watch Molly's video!

Homemade Crockpot Applesauce  

8 medium apples (I just use as many apples in whatever size I have to fill the crockpot.)

1 strip of lemon peel 
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick, or a few good shakes of cinnamon (I'm not huge on tons of cinnamon in my applesauce, so just add the amount that suits you.)
5 unpacked teaspoons light brown sugar (Again, add the amount that suits you.)

1. Peel, core, and chop the apples. If you're lucky, you have an apple peeler! 
2. Add the lemon peel, lemon juice, cinnamon, and brown sugar to the top, no need to stir yet.
3. Place lid on crockpot. Set crockpot to low and cook for 6 hours. Stir apples occasionally
4. Remove cinnamon stick and lemon peel. 
5. Smash, whisk, or stir the apples to your desired apple-sauciness! I like my applesauce thick, so I don't smash mine too much.  
6. Can and process for 10-12 minutes or keep refrigerated for up to 3 weeks. 

Fall is the perfect time to make applesauce and other yummy apple concoctions! Typically we buy a box or two of apples from our local Farmers Market, but we've also just bought a whole bunch of different kinds of apples on sale at the grocery store, or hit up a farm stand or pumpkin patch for our apples. We always do multiple crockpots worth since we like to make a good amount to can and process. When processing, if your applesauce is a bit chunkier like mine, make sure you shake the jar or use a spoon to get all the air pockets out, clean the rim of the jar really well to insure a secure seal, and process in a hot water bath for about 10-12 minutes.   

With love,
Mama Hauck

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