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Time to Make Applesauce, Apple Butter



I love Winesap apples. I guess because they were one of my Mom’s favorites. When our kids were little, we put in an orchard of about 60 trees and we sold apples and made cider.  Jonathan and Yellow Delicious are my favorites, too.


What about apples for baking?


There are lots of varieties but I like Granny Smith and Jonathan for baking. Also Winesap is nice. You’ll want an apple that holds it shape during baking.


Most people love Red Delicious. Are they good for baking?

No, they’re good for eating only. They don’t hold up well in baking or applesauce, and the flavor is so mild that it gets “lost”.


Why do apples turn brown when you cut them up?


When the air hits them, they oxidize. But some of the most healthy apples turn brown quick. I think Cortland is an apple that stays white longer. But just put them in some acidulated water (vinegar or lemon juice) or use a commercial freshener, like Fruit Fresh, to keep the flesh white.


What are the health benefits of apples?

Remember when your Mom said, “Eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away”.  A true statement. Apples contain pectin, which helps remove cholesterol out of the body. The pectin is greatest right under the skin so don’t peel unless you have to.



Sometimes I’ll add a little apple cider.  If you want applesauce to stay “white” sprinkle the apples with fruit fresh after you chunk them up.


To peel or not? Up to you, but do remove seeds and stems.



Place the apples in a sprayed crockpot.

Cover and cook on high 1-2 hours.

When they’re soft enough to smoosh down with a potato masher, that’s applesauce! Sweeten to taste with sugar and cinnamon or apple pie spice if you like.



After the first hour, reduce heat to low and cook stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown. This can take up to 9 hours or so, but check every couple of hours.

Uncover and continue cooking on low 1 hour. This thickens it up even more. Sweeten to taste and add cinnamon or apple pie spice to taste if you like.


Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze.


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