Homemade Applesauce

Warm, sweet, spicy and comforting.  This is what comes to my mind when I think of fresh, homemade applesauce.  An apple is a healthy, versatile snack that satisfies your sweet tooth and your hunger.  I love making chunky cinnamon applesauce for several reasons.  It’s delicious, satisfying and healthy, it makes the whole house smell amazing and it’s EASY!  I make mine in a crock pot, ladle it into mason jars and keep it in the refrigerator.  It’s a great snack on the go and makes a beautiful gift.  I also like to mix different kinds of apples (McIntosh & Red Delicious, Granny Smith & Golden Delicious).  When its apple season the best thing to do is to go to the farmer’s market.  They have the best of the best, it’s much less expensive than going to the grocery store and you’re supporting your local farmers.  It’s a win-win-win situation!  With agri-tourism on the rise it’s easy to find a “pick you own” farm.  Here’s a great link for the State of NJ Dept. of Agriculture: http://jerseyfresh.nj.gov/find/availability.html

Enjoy this recipe and keep the doctor away with an apple a day! 

  • STEP 1: Peel & cut 12 apples and place in a crock pot.
  • STEP 2: Add 1/4 water, 1/4 cup of sugar, cinnamon to taste (enough to coat the apples evenly).
  • STEP 3: Mix apples with sugar, water and cinnamon until evenly coated. Cook on HIGH for 2.5 hours (stir every now and then).
  • STEP 4: Mash apples.
  • STEP 5: Serve hot or cold – it’s delicious either way!
  • OPTIONAL: Add fresh cranberries!

You can find this recipe and many others on my facebook page (NettiesCookinNow).  Just look for the “step by step” albums.

Apple Nutrition Facts:

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1809/2

http://www.livestrong.com/article/398500-what-is-the-healthiest-apple/

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