Enough apples to fill a large crockpot, cored, peeled, and cut. Experiment with these ingredients and increase as desired.
1 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1 t salt
1 t vanilla
1 t lemon juice
Add a bit of water or apple juice to ingredients and bring to a boil, then turn down to low. Cook for an hour or so, until it looks like applesauce.
For “Grandma Style” applesauce, leave it in slices.
For smooth applesauce, blend it up with an immersion blender right in the pot or use a potato masher. Or transfer it to a food processor or blender.
Follow canning directions to preserve it in the traditional way.
To freeze it, let it cool and put it in glass jars or freezer containers.
It is so good fresh, you can refrigerate the whole batch and share it; it goes fast!
To make APPLE BUTTER, just keep cooking it until it gets thick, gooey, and oh so sweet!
To make APPLE KISSES CANDIES or GUMMIES, continue to cook until it gets even darker and very thick and gooey.
Using a small spoon, transfer little dollops of the apple butter onto a cookie sheet or dehydrator tray. Try to make them look like Hershey’s Kisses, hence the name.
Let them dehydrate until they are soft and chewy or bake at the lowest possible setting (200°F) for an hour or so.
These are a highly concentrated superfood, nutrient-rich, a great snack food, and also good for holiday gifts.
Note: It takes a lot of apples to make these. Try doubling the recipe with two crockpots. When they cook down to less than a half of a pot, transfer them into one and keep cooking.