Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Raspberry Applesauce (Frugal Food Thursday)

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So last week I was buying produce at Penn-Dutch and looked over the different bags of apples. I saw one bag of Rome apples that were on sale, much cheaper than the Red Delicious or Granny Smith. So I decided to give them a try.

I put them in the kids' lunches Monday, and when they came back, they told me that they were disgusting. I looked at the bag and realized that Rome apples are for baking, not for eating out of hand. Oops.

So, what to do with the rest of the apples? Making applesauce in the crockpot came to mind. I recently got a new crockpot after the ceramic crock of the old one developed a crack. (Yes, it was a crackpot.) This was the perfect thing to make to break it in!

When I started peeling and dicing the Rome apples, I noticed that their flesh was pink-flecked. That made me start to think... instead of using lemon juice or apple juice, as many recipes specify, why not use my daughter's apple-raspberry juice? (The store was all out of the apple juice concentrate brand that I had a coupon for, so I figured I'd give apple-raspberry a try. It's good!) So I used it. I didn't have quite enough Rome apples, so I threw in a couple of Red Delicious apples I found while cleaning out the pantry for the Eat from the Pantry Challenge, and a couple of Granny Smiths I had bought that day.

After a few hours of cooking, there were still chunks of apples in the crockpot, and I wondered if it would ever simmer down into sauce. But then, almost magically, all the lumps disappeared into lovely, dark pink-colored sauce. Once it cooled down, I tried it - deliciously sweet!


10 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup apple-raspberry juice.

Put all ingredients in the crockpot. Cook on High for 4-5 hours or Low for 8 hours.

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Anonymous,  May 22, 2013 at 10:21 PM  

Thanks so much for hosting! Hope you're having a great week!

Stacey @ Newlywed Survival May 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM  

Thank you for hosting! I would love it if you could stop by and join me at The Newlywed Table recipe link up

Miz Helen May 26, 2013 at 11:15 AM  

Wishing you a peaceful Memorial Day Weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon,
Miz Helen

Kathy May 29, 2013 at 4:53 PM  

Yum, this sounds quite delicious! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursay,

The Tumbleweed Contessa June 1, 2013 at 9:14 PM  

Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend. I am in love with crockpot applesauce and I like this twist. Best wishes for tasty dishes!

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