Recipe: Making applesauce in a slow cooker

I made some applesauce today. First, I threw a bunch of coarsely chopped apples (everything but the cores) into the slow cooker:

sliced apples in crockpot

I heated them until they were mushy and put them in the Vitamix:

cooked applies in vitamix blender for applesauce

I blended on high for about a minute. I love the Vitamix because it gives a super-smooth texture even when I keep the skins in the applesauce. Woo! All the fiber and nutrients of eating an apple whole!

Here’s what it looked like after I blended the apples and put them back in the slow cooker to keep them warm for canning.

applesauce in crockpot

To can, I followed the instructions in USDA’s Complete Guide to Home Canning and Preserving (2009 Revision) for canning under 5 pounds of pressure.

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