If you’ve got apples…

… make applesauce!

Greetings from Minnesota. I awoke yesterday morning to realize I’d slept through my class at the gym 😦 but I decided I still had enough time for a few miles outside.

I put on long layers and covered my hands and ears because the thermometer read 10 degrees. Yes, 10!

Now today, I slept in some and then fussed around doing dishes and household odds and ends instead of going for a run. When I walked outside to get in the car and head to the farm, it was about 35 degrees and perfect for a run. Serves me right I guess!

Now about that applesauce.

I’ve been meaning to blog about this cooking endeavor because its a (relatively) easy and tasty way to use up a lot of apples.

My mother-in-law has 5+ full-size apple trees at the farm, and there are always hundreds of apples to be had if you’re willing to pick them and sort through the bad ones.

I took a very full bag, which amounted to 23 apples. After washing, I set to peeling and chopping. My brilliant husband informed me that it’s much easier to peel first and then cut the apples into sections. He was right. 🙂

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After the apples were prepared, I loosely followed this Crockpot Applesauce recipe.

My apples were small and I didn’t want it to be too sweet, so I only used about 3/4 cup of brown sugar in my whole crockpot. I guestimated the lemon juice and vanilla and I skipped the cinnamon.

I like cinnamon, but not everyone does so I figured I can add it to individual bowls if I want.

The crockpot was full!

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I cooked it on low about 6 hours, and I didn’t mash up the apples because I prefer chunky applesauce.

The finished product is awesome, even though it always makes less than I think it will.

I froze a few bags, and I have some in the fridge to snack on. JR commented that I essentially made apple crisp filling, and I suppose I did. 🙂

What’s the coldest the temperatures have gotten around you this fall?

Are you a homemade applesauce fan?

About Lisa

Hi, I'm Lisa. Dairy farmer's wife and Minnesotan to the core, I write about rural farm life, running down country roads, and the food, faith, and family that bind everything together. Follow along on my journey.
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9 Responses to If you’ve got apples…

  1. Looks delicious! I should try that. I have an apple corer/peeler for apple pie and it works really slick! It’d be great for this.

  2. Jena says:

    I’ve never made homemade applesauce, and I haven’t had any….yet. My grandma sent me home w/ some after I went and got them from NC a few weeks ago. It’s in our fridge, but we haven’t opened the jar yet.

    uhm.coldest weather.. oh please, Lisa. It’s freakin’ scorching hot right now. It’s sickening. I think last weekend was our coldest yet, it got down to 38 .. whoopie. I’m really hostile about the hot weather right now. I really wanted it to be cold for my half.. but such is life. It was hot last year as well – this might be the last year I run this particular half.

  3. Brit says:

    That sounds amazing. Do you know how old the apple trees are that they produce a ton of full size fruit? We have about 20 apple trees, but most of them are not mature enough for full size apples yet.

    • Lisa says:

      I bet you’ll have some awesome apples in the future! Not sure how long various varieties take to mature, but I know the farm trees are anywhere from 15-20 years +. I think some of them are old enough that they seem to be nearing the end of their productive life.

  4. That looks delicious! But I have never made applesauce. Don’t kill me, it is about 50 here and I am cuddling under a blanket with my daughter.

  5. Heidi Nicole says:

    Making applesauce was a huge part of my fall growing up – just like making strawberry jam was a major part of my summer. My grandma was a big canner and us kids were more than more than willing to help out. Since we moved away I haven’t done any canning/freezing since we really don’t have the need for it….but I still remember it all!

    But we never used a crockpot method – we put the cooked apples through a grinder thingymabob I can’t think of the name of…

  6. Lynn Wagner says:

    Apple sauce – After washing just core the apples and put them in a big pot with a cup or two of cider or water. Cook until soft and then put them through a cone sieve and you have you applesauce with lots of color. Freeze or process with hot water bath. Peeling is too time consuming – more so than sieving.

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