… 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. 🙂
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!
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?