No sugar is needed when you make this wonderful Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce!
I sincerely hope that you have been following the Novel Bakers and their picnic week! Don’t judge the event by my posts, please go visit them and see how it is supposed to be done! When I first signed up for picnic week, it was going to be held during my slow season, but it was moved to now – my busiest time as a photographer – and I’m afraid I didn’t do it the justice that it deserved. I had such ideas! But oh well, today I bring you some homemade applesauce that would be welcome at any picnic!
When I get apples from my CSA, they aren’t as pretty as the ones you get in the grocery store. They aren’t shiny and waxed and they might have a worm or two! But that doesn’t stop me from enjoying them. As a matter of fact, I enjoy them more, because that’s how apples are supposed to look! They aren’t supposed to look like picture perfect specimens, they are supposed to look like real fruit, picked off of real trees, and filled with real bumps and bruises and little insect friends. They are absolutely perfect for making homemade applesauce. Applesauce that you feel good about eating! Spooned into individual jars, these are perfect to take on your picnic with you for picnic week!
Even Coco admires these lovely, real apples. I’ve made this applesauce before. There really isn’t even a recipe. I don’t add any added sugar or cinnamon, though you could if you desired. Last time I made the applesauce, I peeled all the apples before dicing and putting in the slow cooker. This time I left the peels on and just immersion blended it all. There were a few little bits of peel, but it didn’t bother us any and not having to peel was great!
Once you find out how easy it is, I bet you will make this every fall like I do! All you do is dice up your apples, place in a slow cooker with a little lemon juice (I used a tablespoon), and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until apples are tender. You can then process through a food mill to remove the peels (if you didn’t peel them first). If you want it chunky, just kind of mash it up a bit, if you want it smoother, use an immersion blender to get it to the smoothness you want! That’s all there is too it! You could change it up a bit by adding some brown sugar or cinnamon sticks at the beginning, or make a combination with half apples/half pears. The possibilities are endless!
I store it in cute little jars in the freezer. It’s easy to take one out and pop it into your lunch bag. By lunchtime, it is usually thawed, but I even like it partially frozen. It would be perfect to take on a picnic, it will act almost like an ice pack if tossed into a cooler bag with other things you want to keep cool!
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