Quick and easy, this recipe from notable Hudson Valley farm-to-consumer food distribution company Field Goods (temporarily on pause with deliveries) bears no resemblance to pre-packaged sauces found on supermarket shelves. To make it even better, go apple picking at one of the local farms in the region, then use your local haul to make a homegrown applesauce that will put all other applesauce to shame.
So what’s the secret to success? It’s all about that slow simmer. After dropping your ingredients in the slow cooker, let them muddle together for a few hours before mashing up to blend. From there, the only thing left to do is to savor the apple cinnamon scents that fill your house while you scoop into a cozy, warm cup of the tastiest applesauce you ever did try.
Makes 1 quart
15-20 firm apples (such as Gala), peeled and cored
¼ cup water, as needed
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1-2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Combine ingredients in slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours.
Mash with wooden spoon. Serve warm or at room temperature.