Applesauce is another one of those things that our mom made from scratch and canned when we were kids. It was something that was served with dinner fairly often because it had no added sugar or preservatives and if someone wasn’t going to eat all or some of what was served they could have some applesauce instead. Our mom had a different way of battling picky eaters than anyone else I know, she simply had a bunch of random stuff that was available to eat if we were uninterested in the meal served but it was not any extra preparation for her. She would pull out homemade canned items out of the fridge and put them on the table with the condiments; it was things like pickles, pickled peaches and applesauce. It was not uncommon for Emily to have a piece of baked chicken with a peach some applesauce and a couple of pickles on the side for dinner.
At some point I started purchasing the stuff at the store but it’s not even close to the same, it works well for baking though so I still buy it but I rarely ever just eat it. When I am planning to make something for dinner that I would like to serve applesauce with I use this crock pot recipe so that we can have warm homemade applesauce that requires little effort. In case you were wondering or simply looking for ideas, I usually make this as a side dish for chicken pot pie, anything with pork chops or pork loin, or a baked chicken dish with fall flavors.
Place all of the ingredients in a crock pot and turn to a low setting for 8-10 hours. Stir the applesauce randomly throughout the cooking time to help the apples break up, you can choose to leave it completely alone but you may need to use a potato masher at the end to reach desired consistency. Serve warm or store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Much Love, Aislinn and Emily