Ever since good friends of ours took us to Carter Mountain Apple Orchard five years ago, it has become our yearly fall tradition to go apple picking. There is nothing better than eating a freshed picked apple from the tree!
This year apple picking was even sweeter. Around February is when my husband and I made the decision to start eating organic and non-GMO foods. Well as some of you may know, this can sometimes be a costly endeavor at first. That’s why I recommend to those of you thinking of doing the switch to organic foods, start slowly. It doesn’t have to happen all at once. So back to the apples, sometimes organic store-bought can be a little pricey depending on your pick, but these freshed picked beauties were at least $1.00 a lb cheaper, and were not waxed! So we racked up this year! With 37lbs of apples on the first trip…. and 25lbs on the second!
One thing I’ve been dying to try is the crockpot applesauce, it took me a little time to get to it, but I finally did it, and it came out great!
- Pure Organic Lemon Juice (it’s all I had at the time), or the juice of 1-2 lemons
- A bowl of water
- 10 organic or fresh picked Apples ( I used 5 Granny Smith and 5 Pink Lady)
- 1/8 tsp organic ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp organic ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp organic ground cinnamon
- 2 organic cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
4. Turn your crockpot onto high and cook for 4 hours. Make sure to give it all a good stir when it’s done to get everything well incorporated.
*My crockpot is 3QT, and as you can see it was full with the amount of apples I used, and cooked down to half the size.
As for how to store your applesauce, some like to do canning, some like to freeze, and others just eat it up right away!