When I decided to leave my corporate job and stay home to take care of my family I had envisioned things a little differently than they actually turned out. I pictured myself fashionably dressed every day…perfect manicure…lunch with the ladies a couple of times a week…gourmet meals every night…and a flourishing blog.
Real life. Sometimes I am dressed in clothes that are current but there is always some type of unidentifiable stain or food product on my clothes. I used to have my nails done but lately, they haven’t seen a file in months. I tell people I’m letting them breathe. I had lunch with a friend the other week….the first time in a ridiculously long time. I cook often enough, but not always gourmet and I will confess to having pizza delivered last night.
My blog is, finally, starting to flourish…and that, my friends, is very exciting.
I write for all of you. What started as a product review site, turned recipe repository for my friends, has grown into something more than I ever expected. I have all of you to thank for that. And to continue to make it better and something you enjoy reading I would love to hear what you would like to see here at The Suburban Soapbox. Always feel free to comment….here…Facebook…Twitter…wherever. You don’t even have to be nice! Well, maybe a little nice. I am sensitive.
When I finally did have lunch (at a bar) with my friend the other day we talked about the Soapbox and she specifically asked for slow cooker recipes. As a working mom, I relied a lot on my slow cooker. She’s a working mom….with twin toddlers…..I saw where she was coming from. I immediately came home from lunch and busted out the Crock Pot.
This recipe is so easy…it’s not a meal but it’s the only way I’ll make applesauce. Ever. And the aroma is heavenly. This also makes a great side for pan seared pork chops which can be made in minutes. (Peter Brady’s favorite dish, might I add.) I even stir this into my steel-cut oatmeal in the morning. And what kid doesn’t like a bowl full of applesauce?
If you have an apple slicer you are very fancy. I don’t own one and it would, literally, have shaved tons of time off the prep work. But if you don’t have one it still doesn’t take that long to peel and slice the apples….plus, I find it kind of relaxing. Yeah…no I don’t. Buy an apple slicer, don’t be cheap like me.
You can also leave out the cinnamon and nutmeg if you want a sauce with less spice. But I wouldn’t do that if I were you. Just sayin’.
Slow Cooker Applesauce
Makes approximately 8 cups
8-10 large apples, I used a combination of Honeycrisp and Fuji
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Peel the apples and cut into 8 wedges. (or use the very handy apple slicer!)
Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to coat the apples thoroughly. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 5 hours or until the apples are soft.
When the apples have cooked, remove the lid and mash with a potato masher or fork until all the large chunks are broken up. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender if you like your applesauce pureed.
Transfer the applesauce to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. The applesauce can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months.