How to Make Applesauce
It’s easy to make delicious, sweet-and-tangy applesauce right in your own home. It doesn't require peeling or coring, and you can cook it right in your slow cooker.
Thoroughly wash about 5 pounds of apples. If they seem waxy, scrub with a produce brush. Organic apples are recommended, as you will be cooking them with the skins on.
Quarter the apples and add them to your slow cooker or to a large-enough nonreactive saucepan. Add 1 cup water, or if you have it, apple cider or juice. Cook, covered, until the apples are soft.
Mash the apples with a potato masher until thoroughly pulpy.
Run the pulp through a food mill to catch the skins and seeds, creating a puree. If you do not have a food mill, press the pulp through a sieve.
Taste your applesauce. If you like it sweeter, add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until it tastes right to you. You may also add a dash of cinnamon if desired. This applesauce is safe to can using standard water-bath methods, and it will keep, sealed, in a cool, dark place for up to a year.
The slow cooker's ability to cook dinner while you're away at work is only one of its many merits. Breakfast, lunch, dessert, party food and even holiday gifts are made infinitely easier when left to the gentle heat of a slow cooker.