Make It From Scratch: Homemade Slow-Cooker Applesauce

Slow-Cooker Applesauce

Our trip to a local orchard yesterday meant we have bags of delicious NY State apples waiting to be turned into something good.  One of the things I like to do is to make up a few batches of homemade applesauce and store it in the freezer.  I make an unsweetened batch for the dogs and freeze it in smaller amounts, and a batch or two of sweetened for us.

Homemade applesauce is something you should make for 2 reasons:  1.  It tastes amazing and 2. Your house will smell so good you'll be tempted to make it frequently.  Adjust the sugar and spices to your liking - it really is an easy and adaptable recipe.

Sometimes I load up the slow-cooker in the evening and by morning we wake to a delicious cinnamon-apple smell that immediately makes you hungry and can be easily incorporated into breakfast.

If you've never made your own applesauce before, once you've seen how easy it is and how much more flavorful it is over the jarred version, you'll be a homemade applesauce convert.

Made From Scratch Applesauce

Making and Freezing Applesauce

Slow-Cooker Applesauce
makes 2-3 cups

8-10 large apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
3/4 cup to 1 cup granulated sugar OR light brown sugar
1/2 cup apple cider, apple juice OR water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a slow-cooker, stirring to combine.  Cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours, or until the apples are completely broken down.  Serve it chunky or mash it to your desired consistency.  {If you like very smooth applesauce, let it cool then process in a food processor}.

Store in the refrigerator or freeze for longer storage.

Additional Slow-Cooker Recipes:
Slow-Cooker Strawberry Jam
Slow-Cooker Minestrone Soup
Slow-Cooker No-Knead Artisan Bread

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