Tuesday, October 15, 2013

DIY Applesauce {Crock Pot style}

Well, my daddy whipped into my driveway yesterday to drop off a 1/2 bushel of apples...

quite unexpectedly {she said with delight}...

So, what was I to do with all of those gorgeous, crisp North Georgia apples?

Inspired by my dear friend, Natalie, I made the decision to try my hand at homemade applesauce.

These gorgeous little fellas turned out to be most willing!

They created the most delicious applesauce that I've ever tasted...

Think addiction good... seriously. 

To start, I took these beauties and placed them in a cold water bath in my {clean} sink with 1 cup vinegar and 2 tablespoons of salt. Had to clean them up since they had had just left the orchard that day! 

Sorry :::: hangs head ::::: I forgot to take a picture. Though, I'm sure you get the gist.

{In all actuality, I'm starting to do this with all of our produce. It's just a great way to get rid of any byproducts, chemicals or pesticides that have gotten on your yummy goods!}

Peel, core and dice about 15 -20 apples {depending on the size of your crock pot} and throw them in.

Add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar {xylitol or other sugar substitute for my Trim Healthy Mamas... this would be an E food} and some shakes of cinnamon. 

Close the lid, turn on low and let it cook for 8-10 hours. {Mine went overnight}

When they seem soft enough, take your potato masher and mash then into your preferred consistency. I left mine a bit thick, and it's so yummy! Ridiculously good, folks!

Now I need to go see if I can rig up my plow and work the butter churn. Just kidding.

I am feeling a bit like Laura Ingalls Wilder over here, though...

If only Renaissance would let me raise a chicken family in the back yard!!

I'll work on him.

Autumn's bounty, you are welcome in my kitchen any day!

Do you have a favorite apple recipe?

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