I got a great deal on a couple of 3 lb bags of Gala apples a few weeks ago and since they were on the smallish side, they didn't tend to get eaten just plain. I hated to waste them and was debating making an Apple Crisp....but then the idea of Applesauce hit me. I have never tried making applesauce myself, although when I was growing up my mom made some wonderful applesauce.....we kids always loved running the hot cooked apples through the food mill.
Ahhh....childhood memories.....I probably remember it more fondly than I thought of it at the time. :)
Well, anyways, I don't own a food mill. I figured I'd better peel the apples first. Thank heavens for this.
Bought on clearance from Wal-Mart for $5, it's not something I pull out for every day use, but for projects like this one, it's a lifesaver.
Put the boy to work! He begged to be released from schoolwork to help make applesauce - I figured this is home-ec, so why not?
We made fast work of 5 lbs of apples, let me tell you. He peeled them, I cored and cut into slices.
I knew we were going to have a busy day, so I wanted to use my crockpot if at all possible. Worked wonderfully. I considered running it through the blender for a smoother texture (which Grant would have preferred) but due to the time and mess involved, just left it a little chunky. The kids and I didn't mind.
The taste is amazing.....so yummy I don't want to cook with it, I just want to enjoy eating it plain.
Recipe: based off of one from A Year of Slowcooking
5 lbs apples, peeled, cored, cut into 8ths
2 t. cinnamon (you can certainly use less, this had a strong cinnamon flavor, which we like)
1/4 c. sucanat or brown sugar
2 T. lemon juice (didn't prevent mine from turning brown, as you can tell, but added a nice flavor)
2 t. vanilla
2 T. water (not needed - will omit next time)
Toss everything together in a crockpot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until apples are very tender. Mash with a potato masher or large fork.