September means apples, and that translates into apple pie, apple crisp, apple muffins, and of course applesauce. We are lucky enough to live only about a 10 minute drive to an apple orchard and for me that means multiple trips during the season to buy apples. In the spring of 2011 we planted a couple apple trees but until they start producing I buy local apples. I made my first batch of crockpot applesauce today and the smell throughout the house was pure heaven! I make many, many batches of applesauce for use during the winter with oatmeal, pancakes, baking, etc. I can’t stand the stuff sold in the grocery store–tasteless and just yuck. I like a little tartness so I always add some of my favorite apple–Granny Smith–to the standbys of Golden Delicious, Gala or Fuji.
Fill crockpot with peeled and chunked apples. My 5-qt crockpot takes about 15-20 smallish apples or a dozen large ones. Add 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar, brown or white, and 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon or a couple cinnamon sticks. Cook on high till soft, usually a couple hours. Mash with a potato masher. Freezes well.