While we were in Lancaster a couple weeks ago I picked up a half bushel of apples. This equated to a brown grocery bag full of beautiful, local apples (about 24 pounds in our case... I believe that a bushel is typically around 43 pounds). I had intentions of making applesauce and some baby food for Jack but wasn't sure how much this would yield.
First came applesauce.
There are several methods for making applesauce. This is the method that I find works for our family.
My supply list includes:
The next job is to core the apples. You can use a corer like the one below but I don't love this method. I find a large, sharp knife does the trick.
I cut around the core in quarters. Then I quarter each piece.
I then place the apples in the crock pot. I found that I could fit about 12 medium apples in my large crock pot. I had to do my applesauce in batches.
- 12 medium or large apples
- Juice from 2 lemons or 4 tablespoons refrigerated lemon juice
- 3 tsp vanilla
- 4TB Brown Sugar
- 1 cup water