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Homemade “Apple” Sauce

November 3, 2011

Lately, I’ve been fairly cheap with my money. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to shop but now, shopping for me means looking – and not always buying.

Trust me though, I wasn’t always this way. In college, if I got a bad grade or my relationship of the month didn’t pan out, I’d go shopping and spend a good chunk of my student loan money on clothes. Thanks, Sallie Mae.

Don’t worry though, I am paying for it now. Oh, am I ever.

Ever since we bought the house, and every single penny of our savings went to furnishing this house, I have been looking for ways to cut costs. I started couponing a little (which makes me feel like an old lady for some reason), taking lunch to work, and only buying items that I either NEED or LOVE. This makes clothes shopping not very fun at all – it’s actually kind of depressing. But, I’ve saved a good amount of money by doing it.

In addition to the little changes I’ve been making, I also started trying new recipes for items that I normally buy at the store. I’ve come to find out that convenience comes at a cost, and the extra few minutes it takes to actually make something instead of buying it is so worth it. The Easy Banana Bread I made cost me approximately $1.50 to make, whereas buying it at the supermarket would be well over $5. May not seem much, but over time that $3.50 adds up!

Which brings me to this homemade “apple” sauce. I saw this recipe on a blog I follow called Money Saving Mom, and even though I am not a mom, I am striving to be a better money-saver. She’s got some great ideas, and this recipe was one of them.

The farmer’s market ManFiancé and I frequent usually has great prices, and if some of the fruits or vegetables are starting to turn, their prices are even cheaper. I got a whole bag-full of browning pears for $1 (!), and decided to put them to use.

There are a number of things I probably could do with pears, but since I’m a beginner, I started simple. Enter the homemade “apple” sauce…

  • Set your slow cooker on high.
  • Skin, cut up the pears, and place in a slow-cooker with a 1/2 cup of water for every 5-6 pears.

 

 

  • Then, add cinnamon to your liking. I tend to be heavy-handed with the cinnamon.
  • Let the pears sit in the slower cooker for about 5 hours. It will smell AMAZING. Not only is this a delicious, healthy, and easy recipe – it’s a great potpourri as well. :)

 

 

  • After 5 hours (even if it’s past 5 hours, it won’t hurt it), drain the excess water from the pot.
  • Place the “apple” sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator to let cool.

Done! So easy, so cheap (about $1.25), and so so delish!

 

 

It keeps in the fridge for about a week – if it’ll last that long in your house…

Do you have any good homemade recipes to share? Please email me at saltedchocolate@live.com, or share in the comments below. I’d love to try what you’ve got!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    November 3, 2011 12:22 pm

    Pear sauce!

  2. November 3, 2011 11:19 am

    This sounds awesome – as you can probably tell I’m all about eating well for cheap. If you want any more recipes I have amassed quite a few!

  3. November 3, 2011 11:03 am

    you should try it – let me know if you guys like it. :)

  4. Erica permalink
    November 3, 2011 11:01 am

    WOW that sounds and looks good, something new for me to make, thanks Ray!! Love ya!

  5. Hope permalink
    November 3, 2011 10:53 am

    Yummmmmmmmmm! I will try this Ray! Thanks for sharing*

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