applesauce & other food stuff

One of our favorite treats around the house is homemade applesauce, which I make using a simple crockpot recipe that I adapted slightly from a friend- I also make double what the original recipe calls for (I don’t think it made nearly enough), so I’ll include the basic recipe at the end.

I peel, core, and slice about 3 pounds of apples (about 16 medium apples) and put them in the crockpot.  My hands are always a bit tired after this since I use a paring knife for all of it, so if you have a faster method, go for it!

Generously sprinkle cinnamon over the apples.  I would guess I use about 3-4 tablespoons worth, but I’ve never measured.

Add 3-4 tablespoons of brown sugar to the apples.  You can change this depending on how tart/ sweet your apples are (I usually use less since I use sweeter apples).

Finally, add 4 tablespoons of lemon juice to the crockpot.  Gently and thoroughly stir the apples to get cinnamon, brown sugar, and lemon juice  on all the apple slices.

Put the lid on the crockpot and cook on low 6-7 hours, stirring as often as you remember.  We enjoy chunky applesauce, but you can blend the chunks out (after the sauce has cooled) if desired.  Delicious.  I have no idea how long this lasts in the fridge, but we typically eat our mixed with yogurt and it lasts about 4-5 days.

 Original, unadapted recipe:
*8 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced.
*cinnamon, to taste
*5-6t brown sugar
*1t lemon juice

Add all ingredients to crockpot, stir.  Place lid on crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours, stirring occasionally.

**Regarding the original recipe, I felt like the amounts of brown sugar and lemon juice were way too low.

On another food-related note, I discovered that my girls love tuna salad.  I rarely made it for them, since they’ve never been big on the idea.  But, in the spirit of constantly keeping me on my toes, they saw my tuna salad and were quickly asking for a taste.

I’m betting it was the grapes that attracted their attention…

On a final food note, this is one of my favorite breakfasts of all time: yogurt, dried cranberries, raisins, shredded coconut, walnuts, cinnamon, fresh bananas (or strawberries, which are my favorite fruit!)…

Yummy!  On that note, I think I’m going to start prepping for an early lunch ;o)


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