I can’t eat store-bought applesauce. It’s just gross. What I do like, though, is homemade applesauce, which is ridiculously easy to make, like so:
Apples. Enough to fill your slow cooker, probably 3 pounds.
Peel and cut apples. Take out the core/seed part.
Dump into your slow cooker.
Leave it there for 6 hours on low.
Then stir it. No need to mash it–stirring it will be enough to mash it all up.
That’s it. You can add 1/2 cup of water, if you like. No water makes for sweeter applesauce, but you should stir it occasionally.
You can also sprinkle your apples with lemon juice or cinnamon (lemon juice doesn’t alter the flavor, but cinnamon does) to prevent it from getting too brown. I don’t really care about the color, though, so I don’t always bother.
The applesauce turns out best with a mix of apples. Our last batch had gala, granny smith, red delicious, and golden delicious. It was the best batch ever.
If you do happen to like store-bought applesauce, buy the unsweetened stuff. We’re trying to avoid processed sugars here, and you’re not helping yourself by buying sweetened applesauce.