Slow-Cooker Applesauce

To finish off my Apple Adventure, I made applesauce.  After all, what better way to demolish a large quantity of apples in a short amount of time?  Peel, sprinkle, heat, mash.  Done.  Four easy steps to success for this Slow-Cooker Applesauce.  Once again, I employed my wonderful sous-chef boyfriend to chop up apples, and the rest was a breeze.

Applesauce!

The best part about this recipe is that it is not a strict you-must-do-this-to-succeed recipe.  You can change up the amount and kinds of spices and flavors you add to turn this applesauce into whatever you want!  For example, instead of apple juice, think of all the other kinds of juices you could add…strawberry, mango, pomegranate!  The options are endless!!!  Muwahahahahaha!!!  (Halloween spirit getting the best of me, perhaps?)

Applesauce!

Whatever.  Try this in your trusty crock-pot, and you’ll be smiling ear-to-ear.  Any excuse to use my crock-pot is a good reason.  I don’t use it nearly enough as I would like!  It’s a work in progress – my crock-pot and I.  We’ll get there.

Notes on this recipe:  The amounts of ingredients were very vague.  And I don’t think I got them quite right.  For example, she said fill the slow cooker ¾ full with apples, but how big is her slow cooker?  That could be 6 apples, or 30 apples!  And juice amount?  What was left in the bottle.  Brown sugar?  What was left in the bag.  Yes, the amounts were vague.  I will do my best to adjust them in the recipe below to what would seem right based on what I got out of my recipe.  Next time, I will use less juice and less brown sugar.  The consistency is almost perfect, but it is a little more viscous (liquidy, for you non-science folks) than I would like.  The final product was quite delicious, but very sweet.  It tastes a lot like apple pie filling, which is generally a little sweeter than applesauce normally is.  But it is definitely applesauce, and it is yummy!

Oh, and since it is Halloween, thought I’d share some All Hallows Eve Cuteness.  I bought Daisy a  princess costume because I love pink and Daisy and because I waited until the last minute and options were scarce…(Like my cool Jack-o-lantern spooky effects?)

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The look on her face says it all. Clearly, she loves dressing up. 🙂

So Happy Halloween, from Christian, Stephanie, and Princess Daisy!

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Slow-Cooker Applesauce

Recipe adapted from Create-Celebrate-Explore.

Yield:  7 cups
Prep time:  20 mins (once again, depending on how long it takes you to peel and slice apples…I am slow)
Cook time:  7 hours (or overnight)

Ingredients:

10 apples – peeled, cored and diced/sliced/chopped – just get them in the pot some way…preferably not whole
¾ cup apple juice
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbs agave nectar (optional)

Directions

  1. Put all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on low for 7 hours, stirring occasionally.  (I just left it over night and didn’t touch it once.)
  2. Once finished, spoon the applesauce into the blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into canning jars or storage container of choice.
  3. Use your best judgment on amounts.  When in doubt, start with less, and add more to taste after cooking down the apples.
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