I had an unfortunate incident happen over the weekend. Our refrigerator door was accidentally left open while we were gone over the weekend, resulting in temperatures below 40 degrees. Food is not safe if it rises above 40 degrees for over 2 hours. See the Food & Drug Administration website for further information. Therefore, I had to throw out all of our perishable food, even though I had just gone grocery shopping on Friday (which was really irritating). However, it also gave me a good chance to throw away leftovers and other things that had already spoiled. Speaking of leftovers, I had some apples leftover from a kids program I helped run. I also suddenly had a craving for applesauce. Now, I know it is not fall-time yet, but this applesauce was delicious and will definitely be made again during the appropriate season!
Crock Pot Applesauce
Source: A Year of Slow Cooking
4 large apples, peeled and cut into slices (I used granny smith)
juice from 1 lemon
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 T brown sugar
1/4 cup H20
Skin, core, and cut your apples into quarters and put them in the crock pot. Add the lemon juice, water, vanilla, cinnamon and brown sugar.
Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. (Mine only took 3 hours so check every so often!) When the apples are super tender, mash with a potato masher or fork. (I used a fork & it worked perfectly). I also added a little bit of brown sugar to each individual dish.