Crock Pot Applesauce Recipe

 

You aren’t going to believe how easy it is to make crock pot applesauce. You don’t even need to peel the apples!

And just wait until you experience the intoxicating smell that will fill your home as crock pot applesauce bubbles and cooks down! It’s better than any room spray or Scentsy wax bar that I’ve ever smelled.

 

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Crock Pot Apple Sauce

Ingredients

Apples

Water or apple juice

Cinnamon and Sugar (optional)

Directions

1. Wash, core and slice apples.

How many apples? How ever many you want to turn into applesauce? Just make sure that once they’re sliced, they will all fit into the crock pot you’ll be using. If it’s harvest time, or you’ve bought a bushel or two at a local orchard, you can use a big roaster oven instead of a crock pot.

2. Pour about a half inch of water or apple juice into the bottom of your crock pot.

3. Toss sliced apples into the crock pot.

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4. Sprinkle with Cinnamon and sugar to taste, or not.

I use cinnamon only. I think applesauce is sweet enough all on it’s own. And you can always sprinkle some sugar on top when you serve it if you feel the need to.

5. Put the lid on your crock pot and cook apples until they become really soft.

Cooking times vary based on the strength of the crock pot you are using and weather you choose to cook them on high or low. On low, it will take about 6 to 7 hours for your apples to soften. Cook them on high and they’ll be done in about 4 hours. If you’re using a big roaster oven to make a huge batch, it could take 4 to 6 hours for your apples to get soft enough.

6. Blend the soft apples into smooth sauce with an immersion blender.

If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a potato masher and a whisk to smash and blend the apples as best you can. Your applesauce will be a little bit chunkier using this method.

You could also cool the apples slightly and then transfer them to a regular blender and blend them really smooth. But that’s just too much work and mess in my opinion.

6. Continue cooking the blended apples in your crock pot with the lid only on partially so steam can escape, allowing your sauce to thicken up. This will take about an hour, give or take.

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Your applesauce will thicken up even more as it cools, so don’t cook it down too much or you could end up with something the consistency of apple butter instead of applesauce.

Fresh crock pot applesauce will keep in your refrigerator for 7 to 10 days.

For longer storage times, freeze your applesauce in small containers or zip top bags or water bath can it.

Busy Mama Tips

Try mixing a few tablespoons of applesauce into some plain yogurt or your next bowl of oatmeal to sweeten it up naturally.

If you run out of fat when your baking, or if you just want lower the calories in your favorite cake, brownie or muffin recipes, substitute some or all of the fat, oil or butter with applesauce.
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Comments

  1. This looks very yummy! We just planted two new apple trees, hoping for lots of apples God willing in the future. Pinning this recipe.
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  2. love the idea of using my immersion blender. I started doing that with my tomato sauce, and I’m going to give it a try when I get some apples in stock.
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