Thursday, October 6, 2011

Slow Cooker Recipe: Crock Pot Applesauce

I love the Fall and all that comes with it, including the delicious recipes that I come across.  I've been a little slow this year on the apple and pumpkin recipes, but here is a new one that I found on my favorite blog, Mama Cheaps.  I am definitely going to add this one to my arsenal of apple recipes!

Makes: About 4 pints

You will need:
  • 18 cups apples (one variety or mix and match) – cored, peeled and sliced.  *Note: some people prefer to leave the skins on – this is totally personal preference.  I usually peel my apples.
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon
How to make:
  • Add cored, peeled, sliced apples to your slow cooker.  Stir in all remaining ingredients.
  • Turn slow cooker on low.  Simmer apples on low for about 5 hours, stirring every so often.
  • Apples will break down into a mush (<–official, technical term).  Turn slower cooker off and let apples cool for an hour or so (until it’s cool enough to handle).
  • You have several options when it comes to preparing your applesauce – and this will all depend on your consistency preference.  If you like a chunkier applesauce, you might just use a potato masher.  If you like it with a smoother texture, like I do, you can run it through a food mill or other processor. I broke out my trusty KitchenAid Blender and used the puree mode on pulse a few times to get the desired consistency.
  • Your applesauce is now ready for freezing/canning!

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