Today I have an apple sauce recipe to share, but first, some random musings!
It was another busy and unpredictable week around here with me in the field for a couple days and Josh getting called out to work in the evenings. The constant rain kept me from getting out with the dog much (which is my favourite way to wind down after work) but since Riggs hates walking I’m sure he was pretty happy about that. Was able to meet some friends and their little ones for coffee this weekend, which was a great way to spend a Saturday morning. I (not so secretly) love playing with the kids just as much as I love having coffee with friends so it’s a win-win situation for me!
And let’s talk Halloween! We had so many really little kids this year, it was amazing. I dressed up as Harry Potter and Riggs greeted all the kids at the door. He got more attention than he knew what to do with, he was in his puppy happy place. Best costume of the night went to one of the kids that lives behind us, she showed up dressed as Olaf from Frozen, I thought I was going to die from the cuteness. Speaking of dying from cuteness, my brother sent pictures of my nephew in his first ever Halloween costume. It was almost too much to handle.
Anywho, my mother and step-father dropped off a 5 lb bag of apples last weekend after an orchard adventure with the grandkids. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them….apple sauce! I also knew I wanted to keep it as clean as possible, no sugary apple sauce around here! Did some digging through my favourite blogs and found a “Slow Cooker Naked Apple Butter” from Oh She Glows that looked like a good place to start. I used that as a base and searched around for other recipes to mix and match together. If you find yourself with an abundance of apples, then you should make this apple sauce….now. It was super easy and took minimal effort. The hardest part was cleaning up all the drool from Riggs after he watched me cut up the apples.
- 5 lbs apples, cored and sliced
- sea salt
- lemon juice
- Core and slice the apples (peel and all!) and place in a slow cooker on high for 4 hours. Occasionally give them a stir so they don't stick to the bottom.
- When the apples are done cooking, let them cool slightly. You want to be able to put them in a blender and not end up burning yourself! Once it's all blended, place the sauce back into the slow cooker. Cook for another 45 minutes uncovered (or until you reach the desired thickness).
- Once you have the consistency you want, add in a pinch of salt and nutmeg, approx 1 tsp of cinnamon, and 1 tsp of lemon juice. You can add other spices as desired but this is what I went with.