This year I decided to try my hand at canning some of my favorite things from each season! Considering I live fairly close to the North Carolina Mountains, it only seems fitting that I purchase MOUNTAIN APPLES. I decided to take my daughter on a little road trip and purchase some apples where my mom and grandparents always purchased fruits and veggies. I must say...my apples have been amazing and I plan on going back ASAP to purchase more to make apple pie starters! :) MMM
Since I bought so many apples, I was able to can sliced apples and decided to make applesauce with the rest! Here's a VERY easy recipe for Chunky Crockpot Applesauce. You can alter it to your own taste, and make as little/much as you'd like. I decided to make 2 pots full yielding 7 quarts!
Ingredients (approx 3 1/2 quarts/one pot full)
- 12-14 Medium/large apples (I chose Jonagold, but Gala or any other cooking apple will work)
- 1-1 1/2 Cup(s) of water
- 3/4 tbsp of Cinnamon (adjust to your own personal taste)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Lemon Juice
- Peel and core apples (I used a potato peeler to make it easier and faster)
- While peeling apples, I prefer to keep my apples looking pretty so I coat each apple in lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.
- Chop into small chunks (depending on how chunky you want your applesauce, keep in mind that you will be using a potato masher later)
- Place apple chunks in the Crockpot
- Pour water, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla over apples and stir until all apples are coated
- Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until apples are soft stirring occasionally
- Once the apples are soft, mash with potato masher until consistency that is fitting. It will be CHUNKY!