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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, or share in the comments below. I’d love to try what you’ve got!

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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