Pre-made applesauce in those little plastic containers is a great snack. It’s portable and tastes good but it really doesn’t compare to warm, flavorful, homemade applesauce on a cold day.
In addition to a mini fridge and a microwave, I have a rice cooker in my dorm room and I’ve discovered that it can also be used for basically everything you would want to make in a slow cooker. Including applesauce!
I got 2 Fuji apples from the dining hall, and peeled them. With a butter knife. And no cutting board. To say the least, it was extremely difficult and messy :P
Basically, I just cut as much of the apple skin off as I could, then cut the fruit into pieces and put it into the rice cooker with a quarter cup of water, 5 packets of sugar, and a little cinnamon and nutmeg.
I put it on the “cook” setting for about 20 minutes, and stirred it a few times. When the apples had gotten mushy, I changed the setting to “keep warm” and left it for about an hour and a half.
When I came back, ta-da… applesauce! I like mine kind of chunky, so I left it mostly how it was, but a lot of people like to mash it with a fork to make it more smooth.
And it was delicious. The end!
Here’s the recipe:
Rice Cooker Applesauce
2 Fuji apples
About 2 Tablespoons sugar
¼ cup water
A pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
Peel the apples and cut the fruit into small pieces. In a rice cooker or slow cooker (or in a pot on the stove) stir the apples together with all the other ingredients.
Cook on the “cook” setting (or on medium-low heat) for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Put the rice cooker on the “keep warm” setting for between 1 and 2 hours. The apples should break down but you can mash them with a fork to the desired consistency. Serve warm or cold (warm is better) :)