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The Weekend of Apples

I was scrolling along on Facebook last week and noticed our local hard cidery was selling their beautiful delicious apples for 67 cents a naturally we went and bought 17 pounds.

Why? I am not really sure. We have an apple tree but have yet to get my apples from it, last year they were all infested with worms and this year it didn't produce anything. I just love the idea of making all things apple (pie, butter, sauce....yummmmm). So we declared last weekend apple weekend and set out to get a ton of apples.

We made a morning of it. You can't pick them yourself but they have a huge grass area and you can look at all the trees.

Now to start the apple cooking/baking weekend extravaganza, we will make T's favorite, APPLESAUCE!


What you need:

  • 12 cups apples ( I used Honeycrisp)

  • 2 cups water

I do not add sugar or cinnamon but you can if you wish, it is plenty sweet and delicious without the sugar.

How you do it:

  1. Step 1 can be a couple of things. You CAN peel and core the apples OR you can skip that and just cut them up and add them. I just cut them up and add them to the instant pot because I am going to use a food mill after**.

  2. Put apples and water into the instant pot, and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.

  3. Allow pot to naturally release.

  4. Strain the apples, but keep the water, you may need to add some back later to get the consistency you want.

  5. If you peeled and cored your apples prior to adding them to the pot, you can mash them with a potato masher or use an immersion blender to puree the apples. If you didn't peel and core them now is the time to put them through a food mill and get out the seeds and undesirable pieces and get it the consistency you desire.

THAT'S IT! Easy peasy Homemade apple sauce! I will freeze mine in reusable food pouches but you can also use freezer bags. I also store some in jars in the fridge for immediate eating. You can also can the jars of sauce, but I am no expert on that so be sure to find an appropriate recipe/instructions if you want to go that route.

Here are some photos of the applesauce making:

I ended up with 7 cups of apples sauce, which gave me 12, 4 ounce pouches for T!

**NOTE: After doing this I would say they food mill route takes a lot more time, so I would recommend just peeling them and mashing or blending.



This is only my second time making apple butter so I do not have my own recipe yet, but used this one:

It turned out so yummy and was so easy using the crock pot!

Apple butter makes a great gift too if you can't eat it all yourself!


The next day we made APPLE PIE FILLING!

Okay, okay I also do not have a perfected apple pie filling recipe so I used this one:

and it turned out absolutely delicious!!

I made a double batch and put them in freezer bags and into the freezers. I will pull them out and defrost them when I get a pie craving!


Finally, the last apple item is APPLE CHIPS!


What you need:

  • 4 apples

  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon

How you do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit

  2. Core your apples. (You can peel them too if you would like, but do not have to)

  3. Cut your apples into very thin slices (the thinner the better, using a mandoline for this works great if you have one)

  4. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper

  5. Place your apples in a single layer on top of the parchment paper

  6. Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon

  7. Place in the oven and bake for at least 2 hours. It may take longer depending on the thickness of your apples, I recommend checking them every 30 minutes to an hour if they are not ready after the first 2 hours.


I will have all of these recipes in the recipe section of the blog as well so they are easier to find in the future.

Well that is it for the weekend of apples at my house! I hope you enjoyed following along and hope you enjoy some yummy apples this fall!


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