Homemade Applesauce

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Fall is such an exciting time of year; Halloween, Pumpkin Walks, Caramel Apples to make and all kinds of desserts and healthy food dishes.

Also see White Chocolate covered Caramel Apples

Applesauce is a great addition to baked cookies, bread and cakes. I like to have some on hand in the freezer to add to recipes for fun fall baking and since our addition of baby Kevin to our family, we have really enjoyed making puréed fruits for him!

Homemade Applesauce

*Macintosh Apples, cut in fourths, as many as will fit in your crock pot
*1/3 cup Water
*1-2 tablespoons Lemon Juice, optional*
*2 tablespoons Karo Syrup, optional*

* We didn’t use in the lemon juice or Karo syrup in the applesauce filled ice-cube trays we made for baby Kevin.

In a crock-pot add water, cut up apples and cook on low for about 3-4 hours or until skins slip off apples easily. Remove skins and discard. Let cook another 1/2 hour or until desired consistency and texture. Blend in blender if you want a puréed applesauce for baby.

Cool off applesauce by pouring into medium glass bowl/measuring cup and then place that bowl into a larger glass mixing bowl with water and ice.

When cooled scoop in desired containers for freezing. We used Ziploc labeled Freezer bags and ice-cube trays and froze the applesauce. Remove ice cubes from freezer and place frozen applesauce cubes in a bread sack and then in a freezer gallon sized labeled Ziploc bag for easy use for your baby and for smoothies.

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Have a great Day!

Lindy

Concord Grape Jam

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This Concord Grape Jam recipe is found in the box MCP pectin (or Sure- Jell works well too!) I find that the recipe always works out great and I’m always trying to find the best way to make recipes that are good and take the least amount of time to make as possible.

Concord Grape Jam

Concord Grape Jam Supplies I used:

*Concord Grapes: Removed from stems, washed, cooked down until boiling a few minutes, mashed and strained of seeds and skins
*1/4 cup water, add when cooking down the grapes
*Sugar
*Fresh Lemon Juice
*Light Corn Syrup
*Water
**Boxed MCP Fruit Pectin or Sure-Jell, following directions in the package
*Stainless Steel Stock Pot
*Glass Measuring Cups
*Potato Masher
*Strainer, of your choice
*Lid Lifter
*Canning Bottles, in good shape no-chips or nicks in the glass bottles
*Canning Lids and Bands
*Bottle Lifter
*Canner
*Permanent Marker

**Follow the directions that comes with your Sure-Jell/MCP Fruit Pectin for the Concord Grape Jam.

These are the pictures of the Canning Process that I used – See Utah State Extension for Jam Processing/Canning

Also see Concord Grape Freezer Jam and Concord Grape Juice

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Have a great day!

Lindy and Jessica