Recipe Round Up // Apples

To give you a little history lesson about the Taylor Homestead, the property was once home to an apple orchard. Although most of the trees have long been cleared away, there are still a ton of beautiful apple trees sprinkled around the property that produce some pretty tasty apples.

We moved into the cabin right smack dab in the middle of apple season, but didn’t really have a chance to take full advantage of the bounty this year, as we were too busy working on the house and unpacking boxes.

We did manage to fill up a couple of baskets, after getting snorted at by a few very un-happy un-willing to share deer,  just before the last of the apples fell out of the trees. Not really being experienced in the apple goodies department, I turned to Pinterest. (Obviously.) I looked for the easiest, quickest, paleo-friendly recipes I could find, and to my utter delight, they all took place in the crock pot.

Here is the best of my trial and error:

Cinnamon Apple Sauce

What You Need:
~ 6 cups of apples
~ 1 tbsp. lemon juice (My apples were a bit tart, so you may want to add more if you chose a sweeter variety.)
~ 1 tsp. cinnamon
~ 1/2 tsp. ground ginger

How To Make It:
Rinse, peel, and cut your apples into small chucks. (Save your peels and cores to make apple cider vinegar!) Place your apples, lemon juice, and spices in your crock pot and give it a good stir. Cook on high for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Once your timer goes off, mash the mixture with a potato masher, blend it, mix it, process it however you wish until you reach your desired consistency.

Crock Pot Apple Butter

What You Need:
~ 10 cups of apples
~ 1 tbsp. lemon juice
~ 2 tbsp. cinnamon
~ 1 1/2 tsp. cloves
~ 1 tsp. ground all spice

How To Make It:
Rinse, peel, and cut your apples into small chunks. (Don’t forget to save those cores and peels!) Place your apples into your crock pot, along with all of the other ingredients. Stir it up. Cook on low for 6 hours. After the initial 6 hours, use a potato masher and do a little mashing. (They will still be quite firm.) Pop your lid back on and cook for another 3 hours. Once your apples have finished cooking, mash them, blend them, break them down however you wish until you reach your desired consistency.

FYI: This is FABULOUS atop a stack of warm, buttery waffles.

Apple Cider Vinegar

What You Need:
~ cores and peels from about 6 to 8 apples
~ 2 tbsp. honey
~ a 4 cup jar
~ H2O

After you have painstakingly peeled and cut all those apples, place the cores and peels into your jar. (Of course, you can use whatever size you have, just adjust the amount of ingredients accordingly.) Fill the jar with water, then stir in your honey. Place a paper towel, secured with a rubber band, over the jar opening. Let the mixture soak for 2 weeks. (Don’t forget to mark it on your calendar!) After 2 weeks, strain the liquid and discard compost your solids. Return the liquid to the jar and cover with the paper towel and rubber band. Let it sit for another 4 weeks, stirring daily. After 4 weeks, taste your concoction to see if it is to your liking. If so, hooray! Transfer it to a closed bottle for storage. If not, no worries, give it a few more days until you are happy.

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