One of the best things you can do that both saves money and is healthier for you and your family is to make your own "processed foods". Today I am going to show you how to make some apple pie filling. I love this recipe because it cooks in the crockpot, freezes beautifully and each recipe makes two pies.
I have a small crockpot, so this recipe goes to my size pot, you can adjust accordingly for larger ones.
Homemade Apple Pie Filling
9 apples (cored and sliced, I like the texture of keeping the peels on, you can peel them if you don't )
2 1/4 c white sugar
1/2 c cornstarch
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tap nutmeg
1 cup sprite
1 cup water
Core and slice apples and shake in a container with sprite. Drain reserving sprite for later. Set aside.
Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Add apple slices and toss to coat well, put into crockpot.
Take reserved Sprite and water pour over apples and turn appliance on to low for 4-5 hours.
Check at four hours tosee the desired texture for your apples.
It may still be a little runny, I scoop the apples out with a slotted spoon and then add the liquid as desired. Makes enough filling for two pies. And can be frozen for future use.
This costs me less than $2 a batch and I used pink lady apples. 1 can is currently selling in my local store for 3.79 x 2= 7.58 for a savings of over $5.
Give it a try and let me know what you think! Is there any particular food you prefer to make yourself?