A few weeks ago during homeschool we focused on the letter A, and of course you can’t talk about the letter A without eating an apple or two. Or ten.
And I’m pretty sure we ate more than ten.
But anyway, in our quest for all things apple I ran across this Crockpot Applesauce recipe and decided that we needed some good applesauce in our lives. And as a fairly new “homemade homemaker” I had never made my own applesauce. This recipe is so easy I have no excuse to ever buy store bought applesauce again!
Since we had several apples to choose from I used a few different kinds — all sweet tasting. The bulk of the applesauce was made from Red Delicious apples (because I had a lot of those) and I think it turned out well. I did peel the apples since they were not organic and I was trying to make it as healthy as I could.
With the word “crockpot” in the title you know it’s not going to be a quick recipe. But from preparation to end result was less than 5 hours (with a three year old “helping”), so that’s not too bad. I like smoother textured applesauce, so I used a handheld submersion blender instead of a potato masher when it finished cooking.
My 11 month old son (J) loved it. The three year old (C) wasn’t as fond of it but she’s a rather picky eater anyway so I didn’t expect her to like it. (She still ate a few bites so I can’t complain.) I ate more than my fair share of it! It reminded me a lot of my grandmother’s recipe which was lost when she passed away because a lot of her recipes weren’t written down. I’m very happy to have this one as a replacement!
And what’s better than the smell of cooking apples?? Ahh, I love the smells of autumn!
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