Skills Attained: Crockpot Cooking
- 6 - 8 apples
- 1 tablespoon white sugar (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- Dash of nutmeg (optional)
- Potato Masher (or fork, blender, or food processor)
I love the fall! It is hands-down my favorite season. I love the cooling of the weather and the changing of the leaves. I also love the fact that you can get apples by the bushel-full...literally! In seasons past, I have picked or bought a large amount of apples, which means I need to find and make delicious apple recipes. Crockpot applesauce is a good standby recipe if you are craving a sweet, warm comfort food or if you just need to use up those apples before they go bad. The quantities in the recipe yield approximately 6 side servings, but you can easily double or even triple this recipe if you want a bigger batch.
You can use a wide variety of apples for this recipe, but I would stick to a nice sweet apple or a "baking apple" (i.e., Jonagolds, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Gala, etc.). I am using Mutsu apples. I had never tried -- or even heard of -- this apple before, but it was recommended to me by a local farmer at the farmer's market. So, I thought I'd give it a shot. It's a sweeter apple with a soft texture, so it breaks down nicely when cooked.
Surprisingly, you do not need to add any water to this recipe. The apples will release enough juice on their own and the mixture will not stick to the bottom of the crockpot.
There are a few methods to finishing your applesauce. You can mix it by hand using a potato masher or a fork. This is a great method if you like chunkier applesauce. If you prefer a smoother applesauce, use a blender or food processor to blend.