Homemade “Apple” Sauce
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 email@example.com, or share in the comments below. I’d love to try what you’ve got!