October is one of my favorite times of the year. It is fall and the temperatures start to cool off. Harvest (normally) is going strong, apples are ready to be picked, my garden (normally) is done, yard-work is coming to a close, and I get to start making soups and other “fall/winter” foods that we don’t normally eat when it’s warm outside. It also seems like it’s the start of the 3-month long holiday season. Crazy!
October is also National Apple Month. Our two apple trees had some apples on them this year, but they weren’t the best looking. That hail storm that came through on June 3rd did some damage to the apples, but they still taste great!
My whole family likes homemade applesauce and last year I shared the two different ways that I make it and then freeze it to eat all year-long. Well, this year, I did it in my Ninja Cooking System and it was so easy! I basically filled it up with apples, tossed on the rest of the ingredients and let it cook for a while! I only stirred it occasionally, I didn’t have to worry about scorching the bottom like I do when I cook it in a large pot on the stove. This was so easy! And my house smelled amazing all day too!
During the year I save my sour cream, Cool Whip, and other plastic containers to freeze the apple sauce in. They work perfectly for that! I just label them and then place them in the freezer for use throughout the year.
- Enough apples to fill up your slow cooker (probably 12-15 apples depending on the size)
- 1-2 c. apple juice
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 2 T. lemon juice
- 1 T. cinnamon
- ¾ t. nutmeg
- ¼ t. cloves
- ¼ t. salt
- Peel, core, and cut up apples and place them in the slow cooker. Top with the rest of the ingredients. Cook on low heat for 3-4 hours or until apples have softened to your desired consistency, stirring occasionally.
- Eat warm or cool and freeze to eat all year long. This is also a great topping for ice cream! Enjoy!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I just really like my Ninja Cooking System and use it all the time! All thoughts and opinions are my own.