Applesauce in the Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker is simply delicious! I have made it several times and my kids love it! I also made it for a class I taught at Honeyville Grain and they loved it too!
Cutting up the apples is the hardest part of this super easy recipe. The spices and sugar slow cook with the apples and it smells like Christmas. My kids kept thinking I was baking something for them and it was the applesauce.
Just like all the other Saratoga Jacks recipes I boiled the apples for 2 minutes and also had the smaller pan boiling. The apples didn't quite fill the larger pan enough, so the smaller pan used up the air space.
After slow cooking for several hours the apples were ready to be mashed. I wish you could smell this picture because it smelled just like the holidays.
My daughter used a potato masher and smashed the apples into applesauce. You could also use an immersion blender.
3lbs (8-9) apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1 1/2" chunks (dehydrated or freeze dried also works!!!)
1 C apple juice or apple cider
2 T sugar, plus more to taste
2 (3") cinnamon sticks or 1/4 t ground cinnamon- optional but so good! (remove sticks before mashing)
Combine all ingredients in the larger Saratoga Jacks pan. Bring to a boil with the lid on for 2 minutes. Also fill the smaller pan with water and bring it to a boil. After 2 minutes place the pans together and put into the cooker base. Cook for 2 or more hours. When apples are soft, mash using a potato masher or immersion blender. Add more sugar or apple juice if desired. Serve warm, room temp or chilled. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
*This recipe was originally for a slow cooker and would work just as well.