The easiest way to make apple sauce - in the slow cooker! Make a big batch and freeze it in portions, ready to pull out whenever you need it!
I've gotta tell you, Josh & I are one of those annoying couples that do everything together. Not on purpose, we just like a lot of the same stuff and have a lot of mutual friends. And we just like hanging out. Probably a good thing seeing as we are getting hitched in 120 sleeps!
We are taking our love of hanging out and doing stuff together to a whole new level today. We are both having our wisdom teeth taken out. Ouch. We just figured, we both had to have it done, why not be miserable and have chipmunk faces and hang out at home together? I think this may be one of those things that seemed like a really good idea at the time...we will see!
Lucky for us we have Josh's mum next door who will be taking care of us, but to be a bit prepared I've spent all weekend essentially making baby food. Mashed potato, kumara, smoothie popsicles, ice-cream, soup and apple sauce. All the things you are allowed to eat when you've had teeth pulled and apparently will not feel like eating and can't chew. I'm so excited...not!
I've made apple sauce a million times. I always have a stash of it in the freezer that I can pull out if I need to make muesli or to have with roast pork...my fav!! But this time I wanted to make a huge batch that we could just snack on it all week as I have no idea what we will feel like eating, or be able to eat! My big stock pot is currently being used to cook pig scraps on the outside gas burner so I went to my next biggest and probably most under-used...my slow cooker!
Well, let me tell you. I will probably NEVER make apple sauce on the stove ever again. No watching the pot, stirring, making sure the element isn't too hot/cold.
Apples peeled, cored and cut into quarters, thrown into the slow cooker with some water, turned on high and cooked for 4 hours. Done!
Drain of some of the water once the apples are soft, then make the sauce. I usually use a potato masher so that my apple sauce is still a little chunky but as we are going to be drinking all our food for the next few days, I used an immersion blender so that it is super smooth and saucy.
Apple sauce freezes really well, keeps in the fridge for about a week and goes perfectly with yoghurt, on cereal or ice-cream, with roast pork or as a meal when you can't eat! If you've got babies just getting started on solids, this would be a perfect way to make a big batch for them rather than buying the little tins. Go super mum!
As much as I'm dreading having my teeth out, I feel a bit better knowing I have lots of delicious food to keep us going!
Wish us luck!
Slow Cooker Apple Sauce
- 4 kilograms apples
- 2 cups water
- Peel, core and cut up apples into pieces - the smaller the pieces, the faster they will cook.
- Add apple pieces to a slow cooker with 2 cups of water.
- Cook on high for about 4 hours, or until the apples are soft.
- Drain off about ½ of the water, and using a potato masher or immersion blender mash/puree the apples until they are the consistency you like.
- Store in the fridge for a week or freeze.