There’s an epidemic going around the internets: people are not trusting their apples.
It’s pretty upsetting. Everyone looks forward to fall and the apple season, go out of their way to get the delicious fruit at apple orchards or farmers markets and yet, when it’s time to cook, they get timid.
It’s a travesty! Apples that are in season don’t need sugar, honey, lemon, vanilla, or what have you, in the end result of their applesauce. Want to know the proper way to make slow cooker applesauce? Well, here it is:
By only adding a small amount of water, you are essentially roasting the apples. The water is really only added so the apples won’t burn, but apples have so much moisture in them that you don’t need to add all that extra liquid.
By using this method, the flavor of the apples intensifies. The resulting applesauce will taste like apple pie filling without all the extra “stuff” (cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, etc.).
After the 4 hours in the slow cooker, you can smash the apples with a potato masher or pastry cutter (my favorite!). Even a fork will do. Don’t put it in the blender. That’s just silly. Now get out there and make slow cooker applesauce…the lazy mom way!
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