Slow Cooker Spiced Applesauce

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A couple of months ago, my mom bought a 4 quart basket of Jersey Mac apples. She didn’t know it at the time, but they were definitely last year’s crop. They tasted good, but were very soft inside, sometimes brinking on the point of mushy. (If you are like me, than you hate eating mushy apples). Rather than toss out the apples, I told my mom I would make applesauce out of them. After researching countless slow cooker recipes online, I finally decided upon a process that combined many of the varying recipes.

The nice thing about this recipe is that you can really mix and match it according to your own taste. I used Jersey Mac apples only, but perhaps you would like to try a combination. I used light brown sugar to sweeten the sauce but you can also substitute Splenda or skip the sweetener altogether (if you are working with a sweeter variety of apples). If you prefer your applesauce plain or want to make it to use in your baked goods, then skip the cinnamon and/or nutmeg. It’s really all up to you!

Slow Cooker Applesauce
 
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Serves: 8-12
Ingredients
  • 4 quarts apples (I used Jersey Mac)
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Core and cut the apples, peels included, into ½ to 1 inch small chunks. Place chunks in a large slow cooker.
  2. Add the apple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir to coat.
  3. Cook on LOW heat for 6-7 hours, until apples are browned and begin to disintegrate when stirred.
  4. Use an immersion blender to blend the apples into desired thickness. Serve warm.
Notes
Cooled applesauce can be frozen in freeze-proof plastic bags or containers. Yields about 6 cups applesauce.

 

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