Homemade Applesauce

One of my favorite things to do is make homemade applesauce. Our son loves applesauce and I love making it so I know what exactly is in the package. The technique is so simple that I want to share it with everyone I meet. Try this – trust me, you’ll be a hero to someone in your family!

Start with some over-ripe apples from the bargain bin at your local grocery.

Core the apples and cut into roughly 1" cubes. Leave the skin on for extra nutrition. Put them into a slow cooker with the juice from 1 lemon and 1 T cinnamon.

Cook on low for 6 hours for a full slow cooker. Walk around the house and savor the amazing aroma while trying to resist the urge to also make an apple pie.

After 6 hours, let the apples cool for a little bit and then use a stick blender to puree. If you don’t have a stick blender, a standard one works great too. You’ll need to make a few batches, but the result is just as yummy.

Portion into containers, these are approximately 1/2 cup each.

The applesauce will keep in the fridge for about 10 days. It can be frozen too for later use in baking or for snacking. The yield for me this time was 14, 1/2 cup portions.

Dollar Detail:

5 bags over-ripe apples, $1.00 each; 1 slow cooker liner, $0.40
My local grocery has single serve cups of applesauce on sale for $2.00 for 1 cup ($1.00 per portion). I got 7 cups for $5.40 ($0.39 per serving).

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