Food Storage & Other Adventures in Motherhood

Food Storage Friday: Easy Home Canned Applesauce

by heather

Awhile ago when looking at the Bountiful Basket (the local produce co-op) options, I saw that they had a 32 lb case

Words cannot describe how good this stuff smells while it is cooking in your kitchen.

of Granny Smith apples for $25. I couldn’t pass that up. I made 12 quarts of pie filling and applesauce, oh baby. Then I realized that I have yet to blog about making applesauce. I do apologize for this, I’m not sure how I missed it, because it is Thing 1’s favourite thing that I can. And it’s pretty easy. I make my crock pot do most of the work, resulting in my house smelling AWESOME for an extended amount of time. I made it then, but the pictures didn’t turn out great, so I made it again yesterday. (Which worked out great because I had several apples that had gotten soft, making them perfect for applesauce.) I made a couple changes and it turned into my best batch EVER. (Although the pictures still don’t do it justice.)

Crockpot Spiced Applesauce

14 apples, peeled and cored (at least half of them should be a tart variety like Granny Smith or Honey Crisp, but mix it up however you please)
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup water
1 Tablespoon orange juice concentrate
1 Tablespoon vanilla (the real stuff mind you)

1. Mix water, spices, brown sugar and orange juice concentrate into crock pot. 2. Blend up apples until finely chopped. (It will probably take you several turns through the blender to chop all the apples.) 3. Add chopped apples to crock pot. Stir mixture and simmer on low for 4-5 hours, until a nice brown saucy consistency. Makes 3 pints (+)

I used to peel and core my apples with just a knife and a vegetable peeler. Then my brother got me this apple peeler/corer for my birthday. Goodness it makes peeling large quantities of apples so much easier and faster! It’s also my kids’ favorite kitchen device because we can use it to make “apple slinkys”, which they have decided is the best way to eat an apple.

Notes: The way I used to make it resulted in a rather chunky apple sauce, which almost smells and tastes like a

Chunky version- I know it looks terrible. But just imagine what apple pie filling would look like if you blended it up. Yeah, it would look like that.

dessert. (Think blended apple pie filling.) However this week my blender quit working. So I grated the apples in the food processor and added them to the other ingredients in the crock pot. After it had cooked for 3 hours I went through the whole thing with an immersion blender. It gave it more of a commercially prepared consistency. Also instead of a half cup of water I used a half cup of leftover spiced peach syrup. Even my husband who doesn’t like applesauce admitted that it tasted good. Victory!

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