Saturday, September 22, 2012

Apple Picking

Today we went apple picking at Stone's Apple Barn in East Moline, IL.
They have over 50 varieties of apples!  There is a 20-pound MINIMUM for pick your own apples,
so we were prepared to get our pick on!
There were still a lot low on the trees, but Laithe preferred for Andy to lift him up and get the highest apples he could reach.

Still so full!


The Big One demonstrating how big his apple picking muscles are...


The one family shot we got, unfortunately he was upset because we hadn't gone on the hayride yet.


Best Fuji apple EVER.  Laithe kept saying "This is a JUICY one!"


They have some animals; chickens, donkeys, llamas, and goats.  There were so many people feeding them apples and kettle corn?  (Is kettle corn even safe?)  Laithe was too scared to pet them, he said they would "Bite his fingers off."  Judging from the kettle corn madness, they might have.


We grabbed a quick bite to eat at the Filling Station on the way home.  Andy got a HUGE order of chicken wings, but his eyes were bigger than his stomach and we will be enjoying leftovers for dinner, along with homemade applesauce!

We brought home a TON of apples

CROCK POT APPLESAUCE

adapted from Cooks.com

-8 Medium-Large Apples (Any sweet variety, I used Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Fuji, and Gala)
-1 tsp of lemon juice (to help prevent browning)
-1/2 cup of water
-1/4 cup of sugar
-1/4 cup of brown sugar
-1 tsp of cinnamon

Step one (Optional):  Place a liner in Crock Pot.  I don't make anything without a liner anymore, it makes clean up so easy!

Step Two:  Peel, core, and cube apples.  Place in Crock Pot

Step Three:  Mix 1 tsp of lemon juice with 1/2 cup of water, pour over apples.


Step Four:  Add sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon


Step Five:  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours (or on high for 3-4 hours).  Stir occasionally (about every hour or so).  Break up the apple cubes with a wooden spoon.

Step Six:  Enjoy!  If you prefer a smoother applesauce, you can use and immersion blender (I recommend transferring it to another container if you used a liner) or just pour it in a food processor and give it a few whirls (what I did).  Applesauce will keep refrigerated up to one week or 3 months if frozen (make sure to use a freezer safe container).

YUM!







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