I got some Gala apples and some Winesap apples at the farmer’s market last week. A half peck of each- total of $12 worth of apples.
I made some into applesauce and some into chips. Here is the applesauce process:
1. Peel, core, and chop the apples into cubes. (I did 12-14 apples per crock pot batch).
2. Add juice of one lime, up to 1/3 cup of sugar (I did half white and half brown sugar this time) * you can also omit sugar completely, and add a tablespoon or so of cinnamon if desired.
3. Cook in crock pot on low for about 6 hours.
4. Combine all crock pot loads into a large bowl.
5. Puree with a stick blender for smooth applesauce.
6. Put into sanitized jars.
7. Process in water canner for 15 minutes.
8. Label jars with contents and date.
I used about 2/3 of the apples for the applesauce ($8), so the cost per pint is approximately $1.60 per pint.
The rest of the apples have been/are being made into apple chips.
1. Slice them at 1/4 inch thickness on the mandolin.
2. Remove any seeds.
3. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. (I find they are BORING without a little cinnamon)
4. Dry in dehydrator for about 12 hrs. Or dry in oven on 300 checking each 15-20 minutes for crispiness (Total is usually a couple hours).
I came out with about 3 sandwich bags worth of apple chips total. ($4 of apples). Making it about $1.33 per bag.