Slow Cooker Applesauce
I spend a lot of time canning my veggies and fruits, making jam and preparing salsa all late-summer long. So by the time apple season comes around, the last thing I want to do is sit around cooking apples for applesauce.
I decided to take it all and throw it in a crockpot during the night. I imagined how amazing it would smell by morning and boy was I right!! It was so easy and I slept through most of the process.
I peeled, cored and chopped my apples into large chunks, then threw them into the crock pot. Next, I stuck in 2 cinnamon sticks, poured in 1/2 c of apple juice, covered it with the lid and turned it on low for 9 hours.
In the morning, I removed the lid and stirred it with bamboo spoon. It turned into an amazing chunky applesauce with no effort. I didn’t add any sugar at all because the apples gave enough of their own sweetness. If you feel yours needs a little, go ahead and add 1/8 c of granulated sugar at a time, until you reach your desired sweetness. One thing I like to remind people, you can always add more, but you can’t take out.
I put some in a jar for us to eat right away and the rest I put into freezer containers. I told you, I didn’t feel like canning anymore!
If you feel like canning them, spoon the applesauce into jars leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Process in a water bath canner for 15 minutes. I didn’t add any sort of citric acid because I love the golden brown color it gets.
It was a huge hit with my boys!! I scooped some in a container for my 8 year old to take to school and my 4 year old had some for breakfast!