I had the chance to pick some lovely apples last fall and wanted to make some applesauce. Growing up, we used the Sqeezo, and it’s hard to find an easier way to turn apples into sauce than using it — quarter the apples, cook with a little water on the stove top until soft, run through the Squeezo strainer which takes out all of the seeds and skins, and then add as much sugar as you’d like in the finish product, and viola, you have applesauce!
However, I don’t have a Sqeezo and borrowing one and setting it up and cleaning it for the small amount of applesauce that I’d need just didn’t seem like it was worth it…
So, I decided to see what I could do using a crock put. Googling it seemed to confirm that it could, indeed, be done. It turned out to be simple and delicious. The only time consuming part is peeling, coring, and chopping the apples. After that, it just takes care of itself.
There really isn’t any recipe — I simple peeled, cored, and chopped the apples and put them into the crock pot with several glugs of lemon juice and a cinnamon stick. I cooked them on high heat for about 5 hours (stirring more often than necessary out of curiosity) and by that time, they had cooked down into this:
The house also smelled wonderful!
The apples that I was working with were sweet enough that I didn’t need to add any sugar. A crock filled with apples cooked down into about 4 1/2 pints of sauce for me. I water bathed them for 20 minutes and just opened the first jar a couple of weeks ago. Still yummy!
Just yesterday, I tried the same thing with some pretty ripe pears. The final product is a little chunkier than the applesauce because pears are just a firmer fruit, but I think it will be delicious on pancakes or in oatmeal or something.
(I found this recipe for pear butter in the crock pot, and it looks fine except that anyone who thinks it will take only 5 minutes to peel, core, and chop 2 pounds of pears has probably never tried to do that themselves… )