About five pounds of apples, cored and quartered (and peeled if the skins are tough)
1/4 cup honey
1 whole vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1/4 teaspoon of salt (optional, but boosts the natural sweetness of the apples)
Place all of the ingredients in a slow cooker and set it on high. Cook for five hours.
At the end of the cooking time, fish out the vanilla bean and stir the applesauce to break up any remaining chunks. If you want a smooth sauce, use an immersion blender or carefully blend in batches with a regular blender.
This makes about four pints of sauce. If you want to can the sauce for later use, use a water bath method.
Recipe by Seasonal & Savory at http://www.seasonalandsavory.com/2014/08/slow-cooker-honey-vanilla-applesauce.html