Frugal & Simple Living Episode 5: Homemade Apple Sauce

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  1. I love making applesauce too! I actually peel and cut mine then put them in the crock pot on low for 6 hours or so, mash them up, then put it in freezer bags. I did this with apple butter as well!

  2. Awesome. Thank you for posting this. I really am affraid to use a canner, but you make it look so easy! Maybe for my birthday, I will ask for one. Also, hubby and I have 2 pear trees that I am hoping will start to produce next year or the year after. This would be great to can as well!

    I have made applesauce in the crockpot – so yummy! Thanks again for the instructions on how to can! And maybe next time, I'll try the applesauce without the sugar to make it more healthy!

    Thanks again!


    1. I made pear sauce for Paxton too! It is really yummy!! The water bath canner is very easy to use! Now, when it comes to pressure cookers, I'm scared! I do not own one at this point!

  3. PS – I have found that people on Freecycle who have stopped canning like to give away their mason jars! I have boxes full of them. I then bought the lids at the dollar store. Start-up to can can be pretty inexpensive if you just ask freecycle or find the supplies on craigslist.

  4. You can make jelly by using the liquid from cooking down the peelings and cores. Its really simple and there are great recipes online.

  5. To make pie filling you just mix it up as you would to actually make the pie and then just put it in a container/freezer bag and freeze! I make LOTS of strawberry rhubarb pie filling to freeze each year! I freeze mine in mason jars and I know that one jar makes one pie. Oh…to soften the filling a little after I thaw it out, I microwave the filling for 5 mins.

  6. I have a 4 & 6 & 8 qt pressure cooker that I use all the time! I've taught my 2 married daughters to use them too! It saves so much time when preparing a roast or chicken breast, I make beef stew in mine too! It makes beef/chicken so tender! Any advice I would give would be not start it out on high heat, always start on med/high, reduce heat a bit when it's brought to pressure. Easy!! When washing always make sure the vent pipe is clear, or if you get the new ones just clean the lid & rubber gasket well after using! No reason to be afraid! The reason I have 3 is as my family grew so did my pressure cookers!! 🙂 Pixie

    1. My mom only used hers for canning and she made us stay away so I've just not been around them! I do know that they can make prep much quicker but I suppose I have a bit of a childlike fear due to lack of exposure and experience with them!! Thanks for the tips…I may get brave one of these days!!

  7. to be really frugal, you can boil down your peels and cores (they have the most pectin) and make apple jelly. its super yummy and extra free since you were probably going to throw them away or compost them 🙂

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