When life gives you lemons you make lemonade. When you go to a beautiful organic orchard and pick 3 pecks of apples….You make apple sauce. When I was a child my Mother made applesauce on the stove and used her old fashioned hand mill to mash the apples….It was a lot of work! This recipe for applesauce is so much easier, I used my handy dandy immersion blender (a.k.a., stick blender) and the cooked apples turned into a smooth sauce within minutes. This recipe requires minimal preparation; core, peel and slice the apples in quarters if you have an immersion blender (make the chunks smaller if you will be mashing by hand…note the size in the photo below). There is no need to visit an orchard to pick the apples (but it is a lot of fun), simply head to your farmers market or buy the firmest organic apples at your grocery store. I use a variety of apples to make my applesauce, some sweet and some tart; it’s truly a personal preference.
12 to 14 Medium Sized Organic Apples (I like to mix a variety of apples for a fuller flavor)
3 or 4 Cinnamon Sticks
2 inch piece of Fresh Ginger Root cut into ½ slices (skewer each piece with a toothpick to make removing the ginger easier)
½ Cup Water
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice from an Organic Lemon (I keep the lemon rind in while cooking)
½ teaspoon Sea Salt
NOTE: You can also add more spice if you like; extra organic ground cinnamon, ginger, allspice or cloves.
OPTIONAL: ½ Cup of Coconut Sugar or more if you like it sweeter.
Peel and core apples (I use my apple corer/slicer).
Cut into rough cubes (not necessary if using an immersion/stick blender).
Pour water into the Crock Pot.
Place the apple, lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, ginger slices and optional sugar into the crock pot.
Place lid on the crock pot and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, (until apples are very soft).
Stir once an hour while cooking to allow even cooking and for the flavors to meld.
When cooking is complete, turn off the crock pot, remove the ginger slices and cinnamon sticks, as well as the lemon rind (if used).
For chunky applesauce allow the apples to cool slightly in the crockpot, then carefully mash the apples with the back of a large spoon. For a smoother applesauce use an immersion blender/stick blender and Puree until your desired consistency is reached.
Place cooled applesauce in containers.
Store in the refrigerator for 5 days or freeze in containers up to 6 months.
NOTE: I do not use sugar in my applesauce because I use a variety of apples (sweet and tart). For those who like a sweeter applesauce, try coconut sugar which is lower glycemic and adds a rich flavor to the finished product.