There are multiple ways to cook applesauce, from the stovetop to the microwave to a slow cooker. But today I am going to talk about a another way, your favorite electric skillet. An electric skillet has the ability to act like a slow cooker. You can easily turn out a batch of applesauce by simply setting your electric skillet to it's lowest setting. Then it's a matter of letting the apples cook all day until they are mush. The advantage to this slow cooking method is that you are using just enough heat to make the sauce without getting an overcooked flavor.
To start your sauce, you need to pick apples that are good for sauce making. A combination is usually the best way to go. I have a list of apple combinations I have used. Click here to access that list. As for the number of apples to use, just add as many that will fit in your skillet.
Once you have your apples now it's the question to peel or not to peel. The peels can add flavor and nutrients if you allow them to remain one through the cooking process. The only way to keep the peels on is if you have a food mill that you can use to remove the skins once the sauce is done. If you don't have one, then you should remove the skins now. When your apples are ready, place them in your electric skillet set to it's lowest setting. For me that is the warm setting. I like to add a little bit of liquid to get them started. ¼ cup of apple cider (or juice) will do nicely. You could also use water, but water doesn't add any additional flavor. Let them cook for several hours until they are very soft, and you can easily mash them with a back of a spoon. The cooking time really depends on the apples you are using. When I made sauce using Prime Gold and McIntosh apples, it took a lot longer for the Prime Gold apples to become mush.
Now if you are using a food mill run the sauce through it. Add any additional sugar if necessary and cinnamon if you like and enjoy!