I wanted to make a delicious apple sauce without adding sugar. It turned out to be quite simple and very tasty! I went to a local orchard and asked them if they had any "seconds". They brought me out a huge bushel of mixed apples and said they would give them to me for $5! I ended up taking 2 bushels, can't beat that price! Here is what you will need...
- Food mill (strainer will work, but will be very time consuming)
- Knife and cutting board, of course
- Apples - enough to fill your crockpot
- Apple Cider or Water
Wash, core, trim the bad spots (if necessary) and cut your apples. Do not peel them!!!! Peeling them would be a royal pain and a complete waste of time. In addition to that, I believe that the peels have a distinct flavor and are good to have in the sauce. Put a little water or cider in the bottom of the crockpot, about 1/4 cup, to keep the apples from burning until the apples begin to release their juices. Pack your cut apples into the pot sprinkle liberally with cinnamon. Put the lid on and cook for 6-8 hours on low, best to stir every 1-2 hours. My crockpot took 6 hours, but it always cooks fast. Next, ladle your sauce into the food mill and crank the mill to get the clean sauce out. All of the peels will be left behind and any apple chunks will be pureed. You will have perfect hot applesauce that everyone will love!
If you have any apples leftover that didn't fit into your crockpot, you might want to whip up a batch of peanut butter apple cookies! I tried this recipe from taste of home and it was awesome!!!! Apple-Peanut-Butter-Cookies
Here is a little photo diary of how I made the apple sauce...
|Wash, I just rolled them in water (lazy;) My daughter had fun with this one!|
|My quick core and cut method, works wonders!|
|Stuff the pot with apples|
|Add the cinnamon|
|What it looks like after about 6 hours. You do need to stir periodically (once every 1-2 hours)|
|My 3 year old turning the apples in the food mill. She is having a ball doing it!|
|The finished apple sauce, YUMMY!!!|
I am making crock pot apple butter right now with the rest of the apples, can't wait until that is done, it smells amazing!! I'll post it when I'm done. Enjoy!