This is one of my favorite times of year. Living in California we still have more sunny days than not, but the air turns crisp and it always leaves me dreaming of apple orchards. When I was a child my parents would take us to an apple farm every year and we would stock up on all of wonderful varieties of apples that you could never find in the grocery store. I still remember everything about that farm and the woman who ran it…Apple Lady Lena is what we called her.
I continue the tradition with my family. Every year we make our way up to the Oak Glen apple orchards where we spend the day picking apples, making cider, and wandering around the quaint town. We bring home soooooo many apples and I quickly start cooking.
On our last trip my parents came with us and when we got home my mom surprised me with an apple corer and peeler. I get so much use out of that kitchen gadget. The design is classic and so useful.
My first order of business with the apples was to make applesauce. My children love it when I make homemade applesauce. I usually make a huge batch so we have plenty to eat and I also have some to freeze. I like to freeze it in 1/2 cup to 1 cup bags so I have some homemade applesauce on hand for when I bake.
This applesauce recipe is so pure that it essential to use good quality apples, or you will need to add some sweetener. When you use apples from the farm or your local farmer’s market you will end up with an amazing applesauce…I can’t say the same if you make it with grocery store apples (I have done it and it pales in comparison).
I use 6 pounds of apples whenever I make this recipe because I figure if I am going to make it I might as well make a bunch, but you can easily make a smaller batch. When I make this recipe I put some of the applesauce in the refrigerator and I vacuum pack the rest of it with my Foodsaver (that I bought at Costco years ago) and put it in the freezer.
INGREDIENTS6 pounds organic apples organic cinnamon to taste
Peel the apples, quarter them, and remove the core. Dice the quartered apples into 3-4 pieces each. I make this whole process even easier by using my apple peeler/corer (like THIS one) and then quartering the peeled and sliced apple. Place the apple pieces into the crock pot. Sprinkle desired amount of cinnamon onto the apples (I use about 2 Tbs.).
Cook on high for 4 hours or low for about 6. Once the apples are tender, mash them until the applesauce reaches the texture you prefer (we like it a bit chunky).
This applesaucee is good on its own either warm or cold. I personally love to have it for dessert with granola sprinkled on top (click HERE for one of my favorite granola recipes)!!!
For a printable version of this recipe click here.