While the weather was so horrible last week, we spent a lot more time inside. One of the things we did each afternoon after we had finished our online curriculum and playing hangman with our vocabulary words, is to make applesauce. We made it the same way we did last month when we made crockpot applesauce, but this time it was different. We added blackberries that we had picked this summer that were in our freezer.
I didn't really measure ingredients exactly. (do not add cinnamon and nutmeg) The kids peeled enough apples to fit, almost overflowing in the crockpot and I did use about 3 cups of frozen berries.
Next I cooked the berries over low heat to liquefy the frozen berries.
Then, because I really did not want the seeds in the applesauce I strained all of them out of the pulp and was just left with blackberry juice.
I added just the juice to the already cooked applesauce,cooked it for an additional hour, and then I canned it in mason jars.
It resulted in such a pretty shade of red!
Of course I couldn't stop at blackberry applesauce, hahaha! Throughout the week, with the A~man and Z~girls help, I made strawberry applesauce and blueberry applesauce! (the fourth jar is the traditional cinnamon version) Strawberry and blueberry were even easier to make as I just let the frozen berries thaw and then added them to the applesauce that was almost done, to cook for another hour. They all turned out VERY yummy but I believe blackberry was my absolute favorite. Not only did they taste delicious, but with only fruit, (no extra sugar was added) it is a very nutritious treat!
What's next? I have at least enough apples to try out another batch using CRANBERRIES! I'll let you know who it turns out.