Ever have “one of those weeks?” Well, for me, this past week was “one of those weeks!” I am so thankful that it is finally Saturday! I honestly don’t know what the problem was, but it just seems like something went wrong nearly every day.
Today I wanted to do something with most of the remaining apples that my hubs brought back from PA a few weeks ago. I’ve been keeping them in our spare fridge, but knew that I had to do something soon before they spoiled! All the recipes that I looked at in my cookbooks called for cinnamon. This is usually not a problem, but I had run out of cinnamon! I have not yet had an opportunity to visit my favorite bargain food store where I purchase cinnamon. And believe me…I refuse to pay twice the price at a traditional grocery store.
Since most of the apples were getting a little soft, I decided to peel, core, and slice them and cook them in my crock pot for applesauce. I didn’t follow any particular recipe at all!
Peel, core, and slice enough apples to fill up your crock pot.
Layer about 1 cup of fresh cranberries in between the apples.
Cover and cook on high for about 3 hours or until the apples and cranberries are tender.
If you like your applesauce chunky, just stir in a little sugar to taste. I used about 1/3 cup. You can add cinnamon, cloves, or nutmeg if you desire.
My peeler/corer/slicer tool wasn’t working too well today, so I decided to run my cooked apples through a sieve. I used the one my mom always used when she cooked fruits.
This particular batch of applesauce came out very smooth and thick! I think the key is letting the apples cook in their own juices! I added just a touch of sugar to cut down on the tartness of the cranberries. One crock pot full of apples cooked down to 1 quart of apple sauce.