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Homemade Applesauce

This weekend was damp and chilly.  It felt like the tail-end of fall, putting me in the mood for all sorts of comfort foods.  So when I was given a sack full of homegrown apples (thank you, Dad & Suzy!), I immediately set to work making applesauce.  I thought about just making a few servings for me and Will to snack on.  Then I saw just how many apples were threatening to break through my paper sack and decided that a winter’s worth of sauce was in order!Canned Homemade Applesauce

My first ever batch of sauce came out better than I imagined.  The tart apples mixed with sweet brown sugar made my mouth pucker just enough to make a perfect Mmmm.  Using the crock pot, I made enough to can 7 pints of the good stuff with just a quarter cup leftover to savor in the moment.  I would have licked the crock clean if it wouldn’t have burned my tongue.  I promised Will some fresh sauce for tomorrow  morning, so I can get another fix then!

I can’t give you an accurate cost on this, since I got the apples for free.  And since I couldn’t tell you how many pounds of apples I used, estimating won’t work either.  But I can tell you that it is worth every penny to make your own applesauce.  Nothing beats the full flavor of a homemade sauce, and knowing how much sugar is in it and that it’s made without preservatives.

This recipe contains the amounts I used for a large batch to can.  A pint jar is probably 4 good-sized servings, so for a 4-serving batch divide the ingredients by 7.  Or skip the math and just make a whole lotta the stuff and share it with your new best friends!Homemade Applesauce

Prep time: 20 minutes    Inactive cook time: 4-6 hours

Homemade Applesauce

  • 25-30 small- to medium-sized tart apples
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 T cinnamon
  • 1 T vanilla

Peel and core apples, and cut into bite-sized chunks.  Drop into the crock pot as you dice them, and drizzle with lemon juice as you go to prevent them from browning.  Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Cook in crock pot on low for 4 to 6 hours, or until apples are soft.  Mash with a fork or potato

masher.

Yields 7 pint jars

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September 19, 2011 Posted by | Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian | , , , , | Leave a comment