Thursday, November 10, 2011

Crockpot Applesauce

It gets the color from the cinnamon that you put in it.

Here is a great recipe that you can make with all of the apples that you may have sitting around!
This recipe will make 6 cups of applesauce or 3 quarts total.

10-15 apples- these could be any kind you like but a baking apple would be preferable. ( I used granny smith apples- I love the tartness of them!) These need to be peeled, cored and chopped up small.
1 cup of sugar (depending on the kind of apple you use- you may want to use less sugar.)
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine these ingredients in the crockpot and cook on low for about 11 hours.

When you are done you can freeze the applesauce (although I would wait to put your HOT applesauce in the freezer until it cools down. Or you can can it- you need to place your canned applesauce in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes- the water bath needs to completely cover your jars. After pull them out and place them in a spot with no draft to cool and listen for the lids to seal- you'll hear a little pop as they seal.

Enjoy! Applesauce can be used in many recipes as a subsitution for shortening or butter. Remember that using all applesauce in a recipe can make things chewy- subbing part of it will make them less chewy but save you the calories!

As a side- we figured out that a cup of this applesauce is about 8 points in weight watchers on their plus points program.

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