Crockpot Applesauce

Crockpot Applesauce

By Erin Huffstetler | 08/21/2018 | 3 Comments
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I snagged several $.99 bags of apples from the reduced-price rack this week, so I decided to make some applesauce. Here’s my easy-peasy crockpot recipe.

How to Make Applesauce in the Crockpot

Cook Time:

4-6 hrs

Ingredients

Apples
Optional: cinnamon, sugar or nutmeg

Reduced-Price Apples

You can use any type of apple to make applesauce. However, Crispin, McIntosh, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Gravenstein, Liberty, Jonamac, Ida Red and Rome are regarded as some of the best. Being cost conscious, I don’t worry too much about the variety. I just use whatever I find marked down.

But I do try to use a mix of red and green apples. That’s the secret to really flavorful applesauce. It gives you that perfect balance between sweet and tart. Soft apple varieties cook down fastest, but crisp, dry apples, like Granny Smith are well worth the extra cook time for the flavor that they contribute to the finished applesauce – especially since it’s all hands-off cook time.

Here’s What You Do:

Crockpot Filled With Chopped Apples

Peel, core and chop enough apples to fill your crockpot. Small apple pieces cook down faster, so try to keep your pieces on the small side.

Coring Apples

Pro Tip: After you’ve peeled your apples, cut them in half horizontally. Then, push them through an apple corer. This will give you small, chopped pieces, without any knife work.

Cooked Apples

Once your crockpot is full, put the lid on, and cook your apples on low until they’re soft. It should take 4-6 hours.

Pureeing Applesauce

When the apples are done, mash them with a potato masher or fork for chunky applesauce, or blend them for smooth sauce. I like to use my immersion blender, because it allows me to blend my applesauce right in the crockpot.

If your sauce is more liquidy than you’d like it to be, after you’ve blended it (and it probably will be), just cook it with the lid off, until you’ve reach your desired consistency.

Then, give your applesauce a taste test, and add cinnamon, sugar or nutmeg, as needed. I just leave mine plain.

Jars of Homemade Applesauce

Enjoy your applesauce while it’s still warm, or divide it up and freeze it for later. Crockpot applesauce isn’t hot enough to meet Ball’s canning recommendations.

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Crockpot Applesauce

Crockpot Applesauce

Here’s the easiest crockpot applesauce recipe you’ll ever find. Very little hands-on time required.


  • Author: Erin Huffstetler, myfrugalhome.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours (up to 6 hours)
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Crockpot
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Optional: cinnamon, sugar or nutmeg

Instructions:

Peel, core and chop apples until your crockpot is full. Fewer apples is fine.

Cover and cook on low, until the apples are soft. This usually takes 4-6 hours.

Use a potato masher or immersion blender to turn your apples into sauce.

If your sauce is too liquidy (likely), continue cooking it with the lid off, until it reaches a consistency you like.

Add sugar and spices, or enjoy your applesauce as is.

Notes

Crockpot applesauce isn’t cooked to a hot enough temperature to meet Ball’s canning recommendations. Store it in the refrigerator, or freeze it.

More Fall Crockpot Recipes:

Jars of Pumpkin Butter

Crockpot Pumpkin ButterJars of Crabapple Butter

Crabapple Butter

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Comments

  1. Hmmm… looks wonderful and delicious. And i love the fact you can just pop these into the freezer. I’ll be making this recipe this week for sure.

  2. Hi Erin: I love your website and philosophy. I always wanted to live similar like that but I never met anyone that agreed with me. I am 58 years old now and will retire in a few years. Forgive me for being nosy, but how did you meet your husband? Did he share your values or was he the one who wanted this? Keep up the good work and photos. You have a beautiful vacation house. Best wishes and take care.

  3. Hi Jackie, Happy to answer. My husband and I met when I moved to TN for college (my school was in his hometown). We just bumped into each other one day and hit it off. He and I come from very different backgrounds, but somehow had the same values and financial priorities. I know money is a hot-button issue for many couples, but we’ve always managed to be on the same page. That’s helped a lot during the times money has been tightest (like when our neighbor’s tree fell on our house a few years ago). Whenever we’re testing out my latest crazy scheme, I always tease that he didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he married me, but he totally did 🙂 We have a lot of fun together.

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