September means apples, and that translates into apple pie, apple crisp, apple muffins, and of course applesauce.  We are lucky enough to live only about a 10 minute drive to an apple orchard and for me that means multiple trips during the season to buy apples.  In the spring of 2011 we planted a couple apple trees but until they start producing I buy local apples.  I made my first batch of crockpot applesauce today and the smell throughout the house was pure heaven!  I make many, many batches of applesauce for use during the winter with oatmeal, pancakes, baking, etc.  I can’t stand the stuff sold in the grocery store–tasteless and just yuck. I like a little tartness so I always add some of my favorite apple–Granny Smith–to the standbys of Golden Delicious, Gala or Fuji.

Crockpot Applesauce

Fill crockpot with peeled and chunked apples.  My 5-qt crockpot takes about 15-20 smallish apples or a dozen large ones.  Add 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar, brown or white, and 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon or a couple cinnamon sticks.  Cook on high till soft, usually a couple hours.  Mash with a potato masher.  Freezes well.

5 thoughts on “Applesauce”

  1. I love this time of year.. I order all my fruit and veg from a local organic farm, and last year I went a bit mad with apple recipes! I will definitely try your applesauce one. This is chutney-making time for me too, I usually make enough to last a few months 🙂

    1. Buying local food tastes so much better, doesn’t it? I wish more people would try it. Chutney is something I haven’t tried, may have to give it a go this year.

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