Works for Me Wednesday - Crockpot Applesauce

1/18/2012

Who doesn't love homemade applesauce?! I grew up on my Grandma Nellie's delicious applesauce and not until recently did I think to try my hand at making it myself.

I found it to be way easier and healthier than I ever would've thought! And it doesn't have to involve lots of peeling, slicing, coring, etc.

I use a combination of Fuji and Jazz apples. Why? Because they were on sale at the store. And because the applesauce turned out delicious the first time using these apples. My grandma always used Greenings apples. It might take some trial and error or research to find what kind of apples make the applesauce you like best.

I cut about 8 apples into wedges and put them in the crockpot. Don't spend a lot of time on this. Big chunks are fine. I do not peel the apples. I do cut out any big bruises but don't worry about small ones. I remove the core but the rest of the apple goes into the crockpot. I add a very small bit of water.

I sprinkle some cinnamon on top of the apples. Cover. Turn on the crockpot for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high. Using the crockpot is wonderful because your house will smell SO GOOD as the apples cook.

No need to be super precise on the time. Test your apples. If they are mushy, they're done. If they are still firm, leave them in longer.
Pour the mushy apples into a sieve. Squish away. The sieve will, of course, let the applesauce through the holes into a bowl while it will hold back the peels and any seeds.

Enjoy your applesauce! It's delicious warm and can be eaten immediately. Or you can refrigerate or freeze it for later. We found that we didn't need to add any sugar at all. The sweetness of the apples and the cinnamon were all that was needed for delicious applesauce.

Works for me!

1 comments:

Ethan & Moriah said...

I love homemade applesauce! If you have a pressure cooker you can make a batch super fast. This is great if you go apple-picking in the fall and have more apples than you know what to do with. We have also dried sheets of applesauce into fruit leather. Good winter snack.

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