Has anyone made it out apple picking yet?
A great way to use those apples is homemade applesauce in the crockpot. It’s super easy and healthy. Only one tablespoon of honey compared to other recipes with half a cup of sugar. Not bad, right? This applesauce is delicious. It has just enough sweetness and spice to complement the baked apples. I prefer my applesauce smooth and used an immersion blender after it cooled in the crockpot before storing in the fridge. You can also use a potato masher or just stir with a wooden spoon to break up some of the larger chucks. The great thing about homemade is you can make it how you like it.
There are a few places in Colorado to go apple picking, but I’m waiting for the delicious McIntosh apples to arrive. They should be here any day. Which means I start my annual stalking of the local grocery stores until their arrival. These are my absolute favorite! They remind me of home. Growing up in New Hampshire, these were the only apples I knew. Oh so tasty! I can’t wait to make some McIntosh applesauce.
Here are a few apples that are good for making applesauce:
Tidbit | Using a variety of apples will increase the flavor of your applesauce. / If you have an apple corer, I recommend using that to save time.
- 8-10 large apples (I used: 4 Golden Delicious, 2 Fuji, and 4 Honey Crisp)
- ½ cup apple cider
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Peel, core and thinly slice apples.
- Place all ingredients into crockpot.
- Cook on low 8-10 hours, high 3-4 hours.
- For slightly chunky applesauce, stir to mash up apples.
- For smoother applesauce, cool applesauce and using a blender, immersion blender or food processor and puree till smooth.
- Store applesauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 6 months.