Autumn is in full swing and the apple trees are loaded! I love making Easy Homemade Applesauce. The house smells amazing all day, and by the time the kids get home from school they can enjoy a nice bowl of warm, homemade, tangy deliciousness.
If possible, harvest the apples yourself. Nothing beats the flavor of just-picked produce. Try to get the apples when they are still crisp. This makes them easier to peel and core.
Peel and Core
To peel and core the apples it is definitely worth it to invest in an apple peeler-corer-slicer. It saves a ton of time. Some models have a suction cup to keep them on the counter top, but I prefer the kind with a clamp. We call it the “apple slinky maker” because it really does make apple slinkies! When I’m not making applesauce, I adjust it to keep the peelings on and it just cores and slices the apple. My kids love this. It’s fun for them to eat an apple slinky!
Simmer All Day
Put the apples in the crockpot, sprinkle with a little cinnamon and sugar, cover it and simmer on low all day. Stir it occasionally. When it’s finished, taste it and add a little more cinnamon and sugar if you think you need to.
My family loves this applesauce. My youngest has enjoyed this so many times that he thinks it’s not normal to eat applesauce unless it is warm. That just makes me happy.
If I am going to can a lot of applesauce, I break out my sauce maker because it helps me process a LOT of apples. It’s a bit of a production and more to clean up though, so for smaller batches it’s much easier to use the crock pot.
I really enjoy sharing simple ways to get more fresh, “real” food into your diet. I hope you get the chance to try making applesauce this fall!
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