My new favorite thing to preserve with my new favorite kitchen appliance. Win a slow cooker and make your own spiced applesauce, thanks to Hamilton Beach.
Homemade applesauce is currently my favorite thing about this fall. I’ve made it before, though perhaps it was with a different recipe, because this time around the process is blowing me away. It couldn’t be more simple, and the results are incredible.
It starts with a bunch of apples I picked up from the farmer’s market. I sliced them up, put them in my slow cooker on low, and then forgot about them! That’s one the best things about slow cookers, they do all the work and hours later you get to reap the benefits.
About 8 hours later I pureed the tender apples, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, in a food processor and passed it through a mesh strainer to remove the skins and seeds. (A food mill works great too, I just don’t have one.)
I’ve since made another batch without any spices and both are equally amazing. No sugar, no other ingredients. Just fresh, local, in-season apples!
And in case you need an extra incentive to make this applesauce before the season is up, how about a slow cooker giveaway?!
I absolutely love my Hamilton Beach IntelliTime 6 Quart Slow Cooker. I’ve been using it on everything from soups, roasts, and of course, applesauce! One of the incredible things about it is that in addition to the traditional settings, you can also tell it how much time you’ve got and it adjusts the heat accordingly.
Thanks to Hamilton Beach, I’m giving one away! Here are the details:
Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway. Contest is open until Wednesday October 23, 2013 at midnight. A winner will be contacted via email. Email addresses will be used solely for the purpose of contacting the winner. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Open to US residents only. No P.O. Boxes.
Good luck! Update 10/23: This giveaway is now closed and a winner has been notified.
- 6 pounds (2.7 kg) apples, sliced into quarters
- ¾ cup (178 ml) water or apple juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- Place the quartered apples and water/apple juice in a large slow cooker (16 quart or more). Cover and cook on "low" for 6-8 hours, stirring every hour or so. As the apples cook down they will shrink.
- During the last few hours of cooking, stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. When the apples are fully cooked, pass the mixture through a food mill to remove skins and seeds. Alternately, you can puree it in a food processor and pass it through a mesh strainer.
- Ladle the applesauce into sterilized jars, leaving ½ inch headspace. Cover with lids and screw on bands. Process in a waterbath for 15 minutes (pints) or 20 minutes (quarts).
- Let cool completely and make sure the jars are sealed before storing in a cool dark place, like a pantry.
If you have a small slow cooker, you can still make this recipe! Simply halve or quarter this recipe, as desired.
Disclosure: I was provided a Hamilton Beach Intellitime Slow Cooker free of charge. I was not compensated for writing this post. All opinions are my own, as always.
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