We went apple picking in our backyard last week! It’s not as idyllic as it sounds. During dinner we noticed that there were fewer apples on our only fruit-producing tree, and guessed that the squirrels had discovered a sweet treat. So the three of us rushed out to our tree in the approaching dusk in order to salvage what was left . This was our biggest harvest so far, with twenty-nine apples.
About four years ago we planted three apple trees, and we ended up with a Drawf Granny Smith, a Red Delicious, and another tree that we can’t remember the name of.
We have never had any apples or even blossoms from the Granny Smith, and we are considering replacing it with a different tree that can pull its weight in our backyard and produce some apples. The Red Delicious started out as barely more than a sapling, so this was the first year that it produced something–one perfect apple. Then a squirrel stole it, and we found it, half-eaten, wedged between the fence slats.
The only tree that has ever produced more than a few apples is this Tree With No Name. Each apple was a pale yellowish green, brightening into pink, and then blooming into beautiful bright red rose hue. Maybe some of you readers can recognize the apples and take a guess about its name. I think it had the word “lady” or “blushing” or “red” in it somewhere….
I made apple crisp for dessert one night, and then used the rest, about a dozen small apples, to make some applesauce. I was going to make apple pie jam, but I’m jammed out. I did put the sauce in jars, so that gave me a mild canning experience!
If I had to name my favorite invention it would be the apple peeler, corer and slicer. Mom and Dad let me borrow theirs, and I got such a kick out of using it. I could not believe the time it saved. My birthday is coming up soon…
Crock Pot Applesauce
- 12 small apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 2 T brown sugar
- 2 T lemon juice
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 cup water
Add all ingredients to crock pot and cook on low for six hours, or on high for two hours. My crock pot runs pretty hot, so adjust your cooking time.
When apples are soft, mash with potato masher. I like to leave chunks in my applesauce, but if you prefer smoother sauce, use an immersion blender.
Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.