A couple of weeks ago, I bought a bunch of apples and whipped up some Cinnamon Applesauce. I didn't use any “established” recipe, but how can you go wrong with something so simple? All applesauce is is cooked apples, mushed up or blended, really.
I filled my crock pot with apples, peeled (because they're not organic), cored, and sliced. Then I added a splash of lemon juice, about 1/4 cup of brown sugar, and 2 cinnamon sticks.
Then? I just covered it and cooked it all day. Every now and then, I took the lid off and stirred it around. In my mind, it was to distribute the cinnamon, but in reality it was just because I was nosy and excited.
In the evening, I took it out (hence the dark not-great picture of it), removed the cinnamon sticks and discarded them, and gave everything a good stir to break up the apples a bit more. SO delicious warm right out of the crock pot.
There was enough to enjoy a little bowl of it right away, put a pint in the fridge, and put two pints away in the freezer for later.
I froze the applesauce in plastic screw-top freezer containers. I've frozen in glass jars before and had the glass shatter on me while thawing, so I'm not super excited to do it again any time soon. Not only was there glass everywhere, but the food was wasted too. Maybe it was just a few bad jars, but… plastic is fine for me right now.
Anneliese liked this applesauce, but I think she'll like it more if I blend it to be smoother… she is used to commercial applesauce and I think the chunks were a bit weird for her. I loved it though. Joey hasn't tasted it yet, but when I thaw the next container of it, he will!
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