I put in their lunches. We have it for snacks. And I don’t feel bad about giving it to them. It’s just cooked apples…
… and a bit of cinnamon.
I have made applesauce before. I hauled big boxes of number 2 apples (meaning, not-so-pretty apples – but I don’t judge!) and did afternoons-worth of peeling and boiling and sieving. And it’s worth it.
But sometimes I’m lazy. I want to do things the easy way. And that’s when I break out the crock pot.
Just like regular applesauce, this variety can go into the freezer and come out as needed. My 6 quart slow cooker full of apples will yield around 4 jars of sauce. The cinnamon and tsp of sugar is completely optional, but my girls find that it adds a little something to the mix. They greatly prefer our homemade applesauce to the store bought variety.
- Enough apples to fill a 6 quart crock pot - a bag and a half for me, or about 15+ apples
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of sugar
- 1/2 cup of water
- Peel, core and quarter apples and place them in crock pot dish
- Add cinnamon and sugar and toss apples to coat
- Add water to the mixture (don't worry too much about mixing)
- Put crock pot on high for 4 hours or low for 6-7 hours
- Once apples are soft and easily mush when stirred, blend with an immersion blender
- Spoon into clean mason jars and put on counter to cool
- Once cool, seal with a mason jar lid and screw band - place in fridge for 3-4 days or in a freezer for six months
I use an immersion blender to blend my applesauce. This is insanely easy and takes no time at all. Like I said, I like the lazy way.
You could also use a chinois strainer or a traditional blender (with a pitcher that can withstand high heats) to get a nice consistency for your applesauce.
Try it. It’s ridiculously easy.
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