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How to Make Easy Homemade Applesauce

10:11 PM

It's apple season here on the Knerl farm, and our yellow delicious apple tree is full of small but sweet little apples that the kids and I have enjoyed snacking on over the past week.  One thing I always wish I had more time to do is find unique ways to preserve the apples for the winter time, but with a new baby, canning is just out of the question.

Instead, I've taken to making homemade applesauce in my slow cooker, then freezing it in vacuum-sealed freezer bags.  This not only ensures that I spend minimal time cooking, but cleanup and storage are a breeze!

Here is how I make my simple from crockpot to freezer applesauce!

1.  I wash the apples and only use apples that have no bruises or bumps (since these can be difficult to peel.) 

2.  Then, I use my apple corer and peeler to remove the scraps.  (Some apples are so small that I leave the skins on.  A little extra peel in the sauce is not noticeable once it's fully prepared.)

 3.  Finally, I put enough apples into my crockpot to fill it, and I add 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon apple pie spice, and 1/4 cup water.   Then, I cook on high for about 4 hours, or until all the apples are cooked through.  I mash with a potato masher for a chunky sauce or use my stick blender for a smoother sauce.

This sauce is perfect enjoyed a bit warm.  We keep some in the fridge for putting on top of oatmeal, baking into cakes and pastries, or for enjoying in place of fresh fruit at meals.  The rest is immediately frozen for later use!

If you don't have an apple tree, now is the perfect time to stock up on apples at your local Walmart.  Their annual AppleFest event offers customers a variety of seasonal apples that you can't get year-round.  Even though we have yellow apples coming out of our ears, 2 of my sons prefer "red" apples, so we take advantage of Walmart's produce sales to give them what they want!

Photo by Wholesome Mommy

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