by Texas Homesteader
I like to use plain unsweetened applesauce as a delicious snack and also as a replacement for some of the oil I use when baking. But I made a LOT of applesauce. I’m thinking about maybe using some of it to make an even sweeter treat: Cinnamon-Vanilla flavored applesauce.
It couldn’t be easier, check it out!
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Fresh Apples For FREE!
Remember my aunt shared with me several bushels of sweet ripe apples from her backyard tree? Well y’all, I’m still working on getting all of those delicious apples preserved.
One of my easiest go-to things to do with lots of fresh apples is to use my slow cooker to make homemade applesauce.
I take those apples that might be not quite right for eating fresh or pretty enough for making apple pie filling and turn them into applesauce.
You know the ones, those beautiful apples that maybe have a wind-fall bruise or small bird peck that needs to be cut out? None of that matters if I’m making applesauce!
Preparing The Apples In A SNAP!
First I peeled/cored/sliced the apples I wanted to cook using this handy *Apple Peeler/Slicer/Corer. Usingit RancherMan & I could peel/slice/core an apple in seconds!
Now I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this little dude makes the tedious chore of preparing apples for cooking into a lightning-fast thing.
When the apples were peeled I trimmed any areas that needed to be discarded and tossed those trimmings into my composter. Then I plunked the prepared apples into a slow cooker & made my homemade applesauce.
Making Cinnamon-Vanilla Applesauce
I canned much of that unsweetened applesauce so I could enjoy it all winter long. But I wanted to make Cinnamon-Vanilla flavored applesauce as well.
So I took six cups of my leftover applesauce, added 1/4 cup sugar, a tablespoon of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of vanilla, blended it all together.
Then I placed it in 1/2-pint canning jars and canned it in a water-bath canner for 15 minutes.
Since there are variables to canning such as altitude and equipment be sure to follow your canners recommendations for your area. Food safety is important!
I love that I’ve very inexpensively provided my family a sweet treat containing only healthy ingredients.
Plus the environmental side of me loves that these sweet treats don’t involve tons of landfill-bound trash like their commercial counterparts. The glass canning jars can be washed and reused time & time again.
And I even canned some of them using my reusable *Tattler Canning Lids! Now that’s something that makes my crunchy-green heart smile!
About Tattler Reusable Canning Lids
Tattler reusable canning lids fit standard canning jars and use standard rings too. The canning procedure is exactly the same as with traditional canning lids with the exception of how tight you put them on the jars before processing and the fact that you go ahead & tighten the rings the rest of the way after processing.
According to the Tattler website:
TATTLER REUSABLE CANNING LID USAGE
Tattler Lids do require a bit of variation from conventional metal lids. Being a two piece combination with a rubber gasket ring, Tattler Lids must remain a bit loose during processing in order for the jar to vent the pressure that has built in the jar during processing. An online customer gave us a very good tip on how tight is ‘Just Right’. To get the feel for the correct tightness prior to processing, place the jar on a counter top or other smooth surface, then place your index finger on the lid (do not apply too much pressure while tightening the metal band). Screw the metal band on until the jar begins to spin on the counter top (or other smooth surface). This is the perfect tightness for processing!
THE FOLLOWING FINAL STEP IS CRUCIAL TO ENSURE A GOOD SEAL:
Once the process is completed and the jars are removed from your canner, Let the bubbling die down (approximately 4-5 minutes), as this is pressure still releasing from the jars. Place a towel over the still hot jars (for safety) and finish tightening the metal bands. Now, let your jars cool naturally and when cool to room temperature, remove the metal band and lift the jar slightly by the lid. It should be well sealed. Your food is ready for storing (store without metal screw bands).
Aaaanyway, the simple recipe for Cinnamon/Vanilla flavoring for my homemade applesauce:
- 6 cups homemade applesauce
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons vanilla
Blend all together, fill jars leaving 1/2″ headspace and process in a boiling water bath 15 minutes for both pints & 1/2 pints
- Apple Pie Filling
- Cinnamon/Vanilla Applesauce
- Apple Cider
- Cinnamon/Sugar Apple Chips
- Fruit Leather Rollups
Other Delicious Apple Recipes
- Homemade Apple Pie
- Apple Pies Baked In Canning Jars
- Single-Serve Apple Hand Pies
- Apple Crumble from Apples in Syrup
- Baked Apple Pie Tortilla Roll
- Quick, Hot Apple Dessert
- Applesticks – Frozen Applesauce Sweet Treat
- Quick Spiced-Rum Fried Apples
- Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Other Easy Desserts
- Depression-Era CRAZY CAKE – No Butter, Eggs or Milk
- Homemade Peach Cobbler
- Easy Instant Pot Cheesecake
- Apple Crumble QUICK With Pie Filling
- Fast Dessert: Spiced Rum Fried Apples
- Pumpkin Bread (with Cake-Mix Shortcut)
- Healthier Banana Bread Recipe
- Rich, Chocolaty Homemade Brownies
- Healthier Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownies
- Chocolate Pudding In A FLASH
- Banana Pudding – A Hug From The South
- Cherry-Pie Tortilla Rolls
- Cantaloupe Bread w/Pecan Praline Glaze
- Easy Blueberry Muffins
- Easy Homemade Shortcake
- Strawberry Shortcake Dessert
- Fresh Pear Cake
- Easy Homemade Peach Ice Cream
- Healthier ‘Ice Cream’ Using Bananas & Fruit
- Easy Cookies-n-Cream Ice Cream Cake
- Homemade Honey Graham Crackers
- Cake-Mix Cookies – Only 3 Ingredients!
- 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
- Double Chocolate Banana Chunk Cookies
- Sugar-Free Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
- Triple Chocolate Truffles
- Rich & Creamy Hot Cocoa
- Chocolate-Covered Rice Krispie Treats
- No-Cook Chocolate Frosting
- Stir-n-Pour Drizzle Chocolate
- Quick Homemade Whipped Cream
- Easy Honey Glaze
- Homemade Whipped Cream (Sweetened With Honey)
- Cherry Pie Filling From Frozen Cherries
- Peach Pie Filling From Canned Peaches
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Canning Time Reference:
National Center For Home Food Preservation