Monday, October 13, 2008

Applelicious

This weekend was absolutely beautiful in my neck of the woods. And it's supposed to be in the 80's today and tomorrow...so while it doesn't feel like fall, I started on my seasonal cooking Saturday.

Applesauce & Applebutter - Crockpot style

First thing I did was core and quarter a peck of Rambo apples. No, not this Rambo...



...THIS Rambo


After I quarted them I peeled each piece and plunked them in the crockpot. I know it sounds weird to quarter and then peel but I read this tip somewhere else and it really did seem easier to me.


So after I had a crockpot full of apples (I was using my 6 quart Nesco) I added a cup of water and about 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Then I sprinkled a generous amount of cinnamon over the top. I didn't use sugar at this point because I was still debating on what to use my apples for.



I let them cook on low overnight. The next morning I discovered the apples were cooked through but there was a significant amount of "juice" in the bottom. Next time I will omit the water and just toss the apples with the lemon juice.

I scooped my apples out and poured all the liquid from the crockpot.



Next I took about 3 cups of apples and put them back into the crockpot in order to make applebutter. Since it was a pretty small batch I just added vanilla, brown sugar, white sugar, ground cloves and more cinnamon to taste. No exact measurements needed. I left that mixture in the crockpot for another 3 hours.

The remaining apples were smooshed (yes thats the techinical term) into applesauce and I choose not to add any sweetner because I will be using it for baking. If I were eating it plain, then I would have definitely added some sugar.

I put a cup of the applesauce into freezer bags and pushed the air out while flattening the bag. In all I had 4 cups of applesauce to put into my freezer and 3 cups of applebutter that I divided into two containers.





Why did I lay them flat?



As you can see my freezer stays a bit on the full side. And the chest freezer downstairs is just as full as this one so it helps to save space.

Remember the "juice"? I used it to make pancakes and topped mine with a few of the apples.

4 comments:

Aleta said...

Yum - That sounds delicious. I might try it, except to not add in the sugar, as Greg is diabetic.

Kat said...

Yum. I think that needs to be said again. Yum.

And your freezer looks like mine. I have one in the kitchen. One outside in the storage room. Along with a chest freezer. AND another fridge/freezer in the basement. I don't know how we manage to keep them all rather full, but we have nothing to eat :-)

Lula! said...

Are you KIDDING? This is FANTASTIC! Loving this...printing this out...even the picture of Rambo, 'cause that's just funny.

Carrie said...

Oh what appley goodness!!

I am cutting carbs out right now (sucky) or I'd be all over this!!

You are evil...but I *heart* you anyway!