Ever-so-easy homemade applesauce in the slow cooker.
It’s September and apple season is here.
I enjoyed a nice Saturday in Ellijay, GA- where apples orchards are abundant.
Here is a little photo I took in beautiful Ellijay:
I now have more apples than could ever eat!
September is also National Cholesterol Education month.
I used this opportunity to hold a cholesterol education class with my patients. I also served applesauce mixed with homemade granola (because I always have to bribe people with food to attend my education classes- sad face!).
Applesauce with granola may sound like an odd combination if you’ve never had it before, but I can assure you it is so good. People came up to me after the education session just to tell me how much they loved the applesauce with granola! They were surprised at how good it was.
In health care, applesauce does not have the best reputation- it is often given with medications that people don’t like the taste of or don’t like to swallow- so applesauce is unfortunately associated with negative feelings of these meds. I’m telling you that, because it helps give weight to how good this applesauce and granola combo is! I was all out of samples in a matter in minutes!
I used store-bought applesauce for the education session- but this lead me into the idea of making my own applesauce. Afterall, I did not want all my north Georgia apples to go to waste before I could eat them!
Making Applesauce in the slow cooker.
Here is what I did: Since I had so many varieties of apples all mixed in together- I decided I would pick out a few different apples and make them in the slowcooker- this slow cooking helps even the more crisp apple varieties turn to “mush”. So I chose 7 apples of different varieties, peeled them, cut them with my apple slicer, and then cut those slices into smaller sections (usually thirds). For some of the green apples- which I could tell were tougher, I cut those slices into quarters.
All these apples, sliced and cut, measured out to be 6 cups. I poured the apples into my slow cooker, added the juice of two small lemon wedges, and 1/2 c water. I turned the slow cooker on high for two hours. I mixed the apples 3 times and the last time I mixed l also mixed in about 1/8 c additional water. I then turned off the slow cooker and allowed it to sit another 30 minutes and stirred it a couple more times. The slow cooker turns the apples into a perfect saucey consistency without any need for additional mashing. This could not be an easier!
Because I used a variety of apples (sweet, tangy, ect) I did not use any sugar. Plus I prefer unsweetened applesauce.
I also decided to add the smallest dash of cinnamon for the pure purpoe and enjoyment of having my house smell like it 🙂 I love a house that smells of cinnamon- ahh, the memories it brings back, and hominess it makes! MMmmm.
Here are the steps in pictures. I almost forgot to take a photo of my apples before cutting them- You can see there is quite the variety!
Stir occasionally. Add additional water if necessary. And lo and behold you will have this delicious applesauce in just two hours!!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. See my post for Homemade Granola for wonderful applesauce treat!
- 6 cup chopped apples (approximately 7 apples)
- 1/2 c water
- 1/2 tbs lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon- optional
- Peel, core, slice, and chop apples.
- Put the apples in to a slow cooker. Pour 1/2 cup water over the apples. Add fresh lemon juice.
- Optional: add cinnamon and sugar.
- Set slow cooker on high for 2 hours. Stir occasionally, add a small amount of additional water of needed. Depending on what apples you use, you may need the additional water.
- After two hours, turn off the slow cooker and allow to sit another 30 minutes.
- Serve warm or chill.
- Serving suggestion: serve with my homemade granola for the prefect snack!
Did you try this recipe, let me know it turned out!