Make It Yourself Monday: Crockpot Applesauce Four-Ways
When our family first moved to Ohio, we discovered a local casual dining restaurant called Skyline. I proudly tout the fact that I have never eaten there, but my husband has sadly dined here on occasion. According to him, they offer a meal called Skyline Chili 4-Ways. This title is somewhat deceiving because the meal isn’t actually offered four ways, but rather has four components. Are you ready for this?
Spaghetti noodles with “secret seasonings”
A obscene amount of shredded cheddar cheese on top.
So thank goodness my recipe here has nothing to do with Skyline, chili, beans or some secret seasoning.
Aside from Ohio blessing the world Skyline, it did offer us our first apple picking experience. If you ever get the chance to pick our own apples, DO IT! We had such a good time and the tree branches hang low enough the little hands can help in the picking.
Picking your own also lets you buy bulk apples for a crazy good deal. We picked fresh apples for roughly $1.00 per pound!
This is all great until you get home and realize you have a mound of apple that will rot away on your counter until you do something with them. The options are really endless. There is apple butter, apple crisp, apple pie, apple juice, etc. My kids love straight up apple sauce so I spent three days and three rounds of crockpot cooking my apples. In the end I ended up with enough apple sauce to last us a couple months, and my house had a sweet aroma all weekend.
In order for my kids not to get bored of the sauce, I experimented with some fun flavor combinations. Add in some extra spices and fruit, and you have a delicious and new little snack for yourself or the kiddos. I ended up making a huge batch of basic applesauce for a base and freezing them into muffin tins for easy portions to thaw and use. You can use these to place in reusables pouches like these, for baking, or for adding into a delicious fall smoothie. Here are the flavors we loved so far.
Apple Blueberry Nutmeg (top left)
Apple Cinnamon (top right)
Apple Banana Clove (bottom left)
Apple Strawberry Cardamom (bottom right)
Oh and I haven’t even mentioned the best part. No added sugars and…wait for it… NO PEELING!
You are welcome.
Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you like to do with your apples? Any other flavor combinations you love?