Crockpot Ginger Lime Applesauce6:00:00 AM
Once the weather starts to get a little cooler and so many kinds of apples start pouring into the supermarkets, I start craving applesauce. I can remember my mom using apples from my grandparents' property to make applesauce on the stove. That method is perfectly fine, but I can remember my mom constantly monitoring the apples to make sure that they didn't burn. I love fresh made applesauce, but I don't love it enough to constantly monitor it for hours.
I've experimented with all kinds of applesauce before, whether it's microwave applesauce or spiced crockpot applesauce, but I have to say that the ginger lime applesauce I made this year has a certain bright flavor that has the perfect level of adult sophistication without making it too strong for the kids. I have to say that this is my new favorite applesauce!
Crockpot Ginger Lime Apple Sauce
Here's what you need:
5 lbs of apples (at least 2 kinds, can replace pears for one kind)
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Honey, to taste (I used about a tablespoon
Core and slice apples and pears. I remove the peel on the pears but I don't on the apples—as far as I'm concerned, that's up to you. Place the apples in a crockpot (affiliate link). Zest the limes straight into the crockpot, being sure not to get any of the pith (that bitter white stuff). Juice the limes into the crockpot. Add spices. Stir. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours, until fruit is tender.
If you prefer smooth applesauce, use an immersion blender to puree. If you prefer your applesauce to be a little chunky, just use a potato masher. Taste the applesauce (be careful, it'll be hot!), and then sweeten to taste. This applesauce freezes well.
Makes about 10-12 servings.