Apple Sauce with Strawberry
7 pounds apples any variety will work: I used Jonagold, Sweet Crispy, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, and local varieties..
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 ounces dehydrated strawberries, finely ground (optional)
1 teaspoon citric acid
1/4 cup molasses
1/3 cup brown sugar, more or less, to your desired taste
1/2 tsp salt
Wash, peel and slice apples into small chunks, the smaller the chunks, the quicker it will cook down.
Put all the ingredients, except strawberries into crock pot and cook on medium, about 3 hours, more or less. Pie apples, like Rome and Granny Smith tend to be firmer and take longer to cook. Sweeter, eating apples are less dense, and cook faster.
Use immersion blender, or cool mixture, and run through food processor or food mill, to get desired consistency. Place hot mixture into sanitized canning jars, leaving 1/4" head-space, remove bubbles, wipe jar rims, and put on new lids/bands.
If desired, mix in dried strawberry powder, and process in a Boiling Water Bath: 15 minutes/half-pints & pints 20 minutes/quarts, adjusting time for higher elevations.
Makes approx 8 half pints
Recipe & Photo by: JD Provence for Canning and Cooking at Home