Crockpot Applesauce

Crockpot Applesauce

By Erin Huffstetler | 10/18/2013 | 3 Comments
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My husband snagged three, $.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.

Crockpot Applesauce

Cook Time:

4-6 hrs


Optional: cinnamon, sugar or nutmeg

What You Do:

Fill Your Crockpot with Apples

Peel, core and chop enough apples to fill your crockpot.

Cooked Apples

Then, put the lid on, and cook on low until the apples are soft. It should take 4-6 hours.

Mash Up the Apples

Mash the apples with a potato masher or fork for chunky applesauce, or blend them for smooth sauce.

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

Add cinnamon, sugar or nutmeg to your applesauce for flavor, or leave it plain (my preference).

Homemade Applesauce

Then, 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**

Homemade Applesauce

Crockpot Applesauce

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

  • Author: Erin Huffstetler
  • Cook Time: 4-6 hrs.
  • Total Time: 4-6 hrs.
  • Method: Crockpot


  • Apples
  • Optional: cinnamon, sugar or nutmeg


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.


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 Butter

Jars of Crabapple Butter

Crabapple Butter

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  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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