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It’s Fall!! I love fall so much. Not only does it have my favourite holiday – Halloween – but it is also filled with yummy comfort foods and cozy sweaters. So, to launch this fall season off I want to share with you my trick to making Apple Sauce and Apple Cider.

Enjoy!!

Prep time: 10-15 mins                     Cook time: 3 hrs                                   Total time: 3.5 hrs

Ingredients:

6-7 Apples (Royal Gala or Spartan)

4-5 Cups Water

1/4 Cup Sweetener (Brown or White Sugar, Honey)

2 Cinnamon Sticks

Items you’ll need:

1 Crock Pot

1 Glass bowl or pot

1 Cup measuring cup

1/4 Cup measuring cup

Knife

Potato Masher

Cutting Board

Spatula

Strainer

Jug and a glass jar (Mason Jar)

Instructions:

Chop and peel all the apples (6-7), place them in the crock pot with 1/4 cup of sweetener and 2 cinnamon sticks. Add the 4-5 cups of water until apple pieces are bobbing or there is a faint layer of water over the apples. Mix everything together in the crock pot before putting on the lid and setting the pot to high. Let cook for 3 hours, or until apples are soft enough to crush IMG_20141115_163307with a fork.

Once apples are soft enough, use a potato masher to press the apples into a pulp. Use strainer and glass bowl or pot to separate the pulp and liquid. Press pulp in the strainer to make sure as much liquid is removed as possible. Place pulp in Mason Jar.

You may have to strain the pulp and liquid 2-3 times until cider is clear of large apple pieces. Store apple pulp in Mason Jar and apple cider in a container of your choice, let cool before putting them in the fridge.

You have now made apple cider and apple sauce. Congratulations!

Makes: 1 large Mason Jar of Apple Sauce and 4-5 cups of Apple Cider.

Note: I was contemplating on adding this video but some of you may find it helpful… while I just find it embarrassing. That crock pot has died since I made this video and my hair is no longer that long. A lot happens in a year… but hey if one of you finds it helpful it is worth posting it.