Slow Cooker Applesauce

Stephanie Van Den Berg

By
@Chefanie

My grandchildren love Nana's homemade applesauce. Today I used remnants left in my garage from November's last picks at our wonderful local orchard. I freeze mine in freezer Ziploc bags but you can also can if you prefer. Either way, you will have delicious fresh applesauce whenever you like.


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Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

4 Hr

Method:

Slow Cooker Crock Pot

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This homemade applesauce recipe is delicious! It's so simple you'll find yourself forgetting about the jarred stuff and making it at home all the time. Besides being simple, it makes your kitchen smell amazing. I couldn't wait to taste this. I like my applesauce on the tart side, so I only used 1/3 c of sugar. If you like it sweeter, definitely increase the sugar as Stephanie suggests. With a hint of spice from the nutmeg and cinnamon, this is so good.

Ingredients

1 1/2 - 2 qt
apples, I used Gold Rush and Suncrisp
1 c
water
1 tsp
cinnamon, ground
1/4 tsp
fresh grated nutmeg
1/3 c
cane sugar
1 1/2 tsp
vanilla extract

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Wash apples. Core apples and cut into 2" chunks. Add water, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar. Place lid on slow cooker and set on high. Cook for two hours. I like my applesauce on the sweet-tart side so if you prefer a sweet sauce, increase sugar to 3/4 cup.
2
After two hours, remove lid and stir apples. Replace lid and cook additional two hours.
3
After four hours apples will be soft and "saucey". Fill ricer 2/3 full and process into bowl.
4
Remove skins from ricer and repeat until all apples have been riced. A food mill can also be used for this step in place of a ricer. Remove skins from mill after each batch of apples has been processed. If you prefer to use an electric food processor, you must peel the apples in step one.
5
After all apples have been riced or processed, stir in vanilla, mixing well. Refrigerate overnight, then transfer to freezer containers or freezer bags and freeze. Applesauce will be good for six months once frozen.
Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy
Hashtags: #FRESH, #autumn