How to Freeze Apples for Apple Sauce

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Freeze Apples for Apple Sauce

I love to Freeze Apple Sauce. It’s a great way to save money and have tasty applesauce long after Fall. Make sure to take a look at my Recipe for Homemade Applesauce in the Slow Cooker. It’s super easy and you can make plenty to add to your freezer.

Freeze Apples for Apple Sauce:

Freezing -

  • First, Cook apples using the directions found here.
  • Use freezer bags, rigid plastic containers or freezer safe glass jars to freeze your applesauce.
  • Leave 1-inch of headspace for quart size or 1/2-inch headspace for pint size containers.
  • Allow to cool completely before freezing.
  • Can freeze at 0°F for up to 12 months assuming your container is airtight.

Thawing -
For best results, thaw in the refrigerator.

Tip -
If you like to bake, freeze in 1/4 cup portions to substitute for oil. While you could substitute the full amount of oil for applesauce, it is advised that you limit the substitution to 1/4 cup. Most cookbooks also advise having some oil to improve the texture of your product.

As you can see, it’s easy to Freeze Apples for Apple Sauce.  My kiddos even think it tastes better than store bought!

Looking for more Apple Recipes?  See my Homemade Apple Pie Filling Recipe!

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Fall Apple Round-Up {6 Ideas for Apple Fun}

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Apple Pie Filling Recipe with Homemade Apple Filling

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Apple Pie Filling Recipe

I made Apple Pie with my step-dad last week using apples picked from a local farm.  I was surprised at how easy making an apple pie can be!  If you want to make this all American pie, check out my Apple Pie Filling Recipe below:

Ingredients:
6-8 cups sliced apples
1/2 – 1 cup Brown sugar
1/8 + tsp salt
1 1/2 – 2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 + tsp cinnamon
1/8 + tsp nutmeg
1 package of Pillsbury pie crust

*The ingredient amount range is due to the size of the pie!  Use the more of an ingredient for a 10 in. pie and less for a 9 in. pie.  You can also modify the amount of brown sugar based on the sweetness/tartness of your apples.

Directions:

Apples for Pie Filling

    1. Combine all dry ingredients and sift over apples, stir.  Tip:  Use a large bowl and clean hands to mix as they are more gentle than a spoon.
    2. Line pie crust with apple mixture and dot with butter.Apples in Pie
    3. Add top crust, prick or cut slits in top.
    4. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and dot with butter.Homemade Apple Pie Filling Recip
    5. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes then lower temperature to 350° and bake for 35 to 45 minutes more. Tip:  Place a baking sheet under the pie pan to prevent drips.
    6. Top with vanilla ice cream or cool whip (optional.)

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Adopted from Joy of Cooking Cookbook

Don’t forget to see my Apple Pie Recipe with homemade pie crust

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Recipe for Homemade Applesauce in the Slow Cooker

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Recipe for Homemade Applesauce in the Slow Cooker

Apples are plentiful this time of year, so take advantage of picking at your local farms and shopping grocery store sales.  Check out this easy recipe for Homemade Applesauce in the Slow Cooker for a healthy and budget friendly treat.  I love recipes that I can set and walk away!

Bonus – your house will smell amazing all day :)

Ingredients:

15 – 25 Apples Peeled, Cored and Sliced*
3/4 Cup Water
1 tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Cinnamon Stick (optional)**
1/4 – 1/2 Cup Sugar (optional)

*Number of apples will be dependent on size of apples.
**You could substitute 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon for the Cinnamon Stick or eliminate

Core Apples

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients into slow cooker except for the sugar.  I like to wait until after cooking to see if the applesauce needs added sugar.  If you purchase sweeter apples, you may not even need to add sugar as it will be naturally sweet.  If you have tart apples such as Granny Smith, you will likely need to add a bit of sugar.
  2. Slow Cooker should be about 3/4 full.

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  1. Cook on low about 6 hours.  If you’re not using an Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer, you will need to increase your cooking time to accomidate chunky apple pieces.
  2. Remove and discard cinnamon stick.
  3. Mash with a potato masher for chunkier applesauce or blend for a smoother applesauce.

This will last in the refrigerator for about a week.

Note:  If you have a small slow cooker, use 6 -10 apples and reduce water to about 1/2 cup.

Homemade Applesauce Recipe

What is your Recipe for Homemade Applesauce in the Slow Cooker?

Make sure to also see my Apple Pie Recipe with Homemade Pie Crust!

 

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Apple Pie Recipe with Homemade Pie Crust

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recipes using apple pie filling

September is the time of year to go apple picking and to find great sales at your local stores.  Make sure to try this delicious Apple Pie recipe that uses homemade pie crust with canned apple pie filling to make your pie a bit quicker to prepare :)

Ingredients:

For Crust:
2 Cups of flour, plus a little extra on the side
1/2 cup shortening (I use Crisco)
1/2 cup water
Wax Paper
Rolling Pin
Pie Pan

1. Melt Crisco over low heat
2. Add water and stir until smooth
3.  Roll wax paper onto counter or other work surface
4. Slowly combine flour, and melted shortening onto the wax paper to create the dough
5. Once dough is mixed, the consistency should be soft.  Continue adding flour until it feels similar to Play-Doh  **Tip – if it is dry, add a little water.  If it is sticky, add more flour.
  6.  Dust wax paper with flour and roll out half of the dough until it is an even thickness throughout
7.  Repeat process with second half of the dough
8. Carefully cover the bottom of the pie pan with one half of the rolled out dough.  Press dough in and around all of the sides and bottom to ensure even cooking.
9. Using a Lattice Pie Crust Cutter, roll remaining dough over the top and push dough pieces through.  **Tip – If not using a pie crust cutter, be sure to cut small slits in the top of the pie crust.
10.  Put aside until filling is complete.

Ingredients:

For Apple Pie Filling:
1 Can Apple Pie Filling (I use Comstock Brand)
Large Spoonful Butter
2 tablespoons of Cinnamon
1/4 cup of Sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spoon the Apple Pie filling into a small pot on medium-low heat and warm through.
3. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a separate bowl.
4. Fold butter into the pie filling until melted.
5. Add cinnamon and sugar mixture, reserving a small amount for the crust.
6. Once warm, pour into bottom pie crust
7. Fold top pie crust over top
8. Pinch and seal the edges together, using your fingers or a fork.  Cut off excess dough.
9.  Sprinkle remaining cinnamon and sugar over top of the crust
10. Bake for 30 minutes, until warm and bubbly and crust has browned

Enjoy this Apple Pie Recipe!

Also see my Recipe for Homemade Applesauce in the Slow Cooker!

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