Right now, the girls are obsessed with applesauce.
I put in their lunches. We have it for snacks. And I don’t feel bad about giving it to them. It’s just cooked apples…
… and a bit of cinnamon.
I have made applesauce before. I hauled big boxes of number 2 apples (meaning, not-so-pretty apples – but I don’t judge!) and did afternoons-worth of peeling and boiling and sieving. And it’s worth it.
But sometimes I’m lazy. I want to do things the easy way. And that’s when I break out the crock pot.
Just like regular applesauce, this variety can go into the freezer and come out as needed. My 6 quart slow cooker full of apples will yield around 4 jars of sauce. The cinnamon and tsp of sugar is completely optional, but my girls find that it adds a little something to the mix. They greatly prefer our homemade applesauce to the store bought variety.
- Enough apples to fill a 6 quart crock pot - a bag and a half for me, or about 15+ apples
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of sugar
- 1/2 cup of water
- Peel, core and quarter apples and place them in crock pot dish
- Add cinnamon and sugar and toss apples to coat
- Add water to the mixture (don't worry too much about mixing)
- Put crock pot on high for 4 hours or low for 6-7 hours
- Once apples are soft and easily mush when stirred, blend with an immersion blender
- Spoon into clean mason jars and put on counter to cool
- Once cool, seal with a mason jar lid and screw band - place in fridge for 3-4 days or in a freezer for six months
I use an immersion blender to blend my applesauce. This is insanely easy and takes no time at all. Like I said, I like the lazy way.
You could also use a chinois strainer or a traditional blender (with a pitcher that can withstand high heats) to get a nice consistency for your applesauce.
We’ve been making this lazy applesauce fairly frequently these days. I grab whatever apples are on sale and chuck ’em into the cart. They come home with me to their hot tub o’ sauciness.
Try it. It’s ridiculously easy.
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Looks delicious T! We love applesauce too, and I’ve never thought to make it in the crock pot! Great idea!
Oh, it’s changed the way I think about applesauce! And the house smells divine while it cooks away. 🙂
I love this idea- and perfect for the autumn apple festivals in western North Carolina that I go to!! Thank you so much for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see you again this weekend!
Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)
My family LOVES applesauce and this looks so easy. Pinned and can’t wait to share.
My brother gave me three five gallon buckets of apples last year. This would have been a great way to turn them into sauce. Hopefully he gives me more this year so I can try it!
Kim @ The Baking ChocolaTess
I cannot wait to try this, pinning for later. Thanks for sharing, visiting from Pretty Pintastic Party. 😉
Good apple sauce in the slow cooker. You did not put very much sugar in the recipe, I like that. Thanks for bringing this recipe to #HomeMattersParty
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
My kids love applesauce…I am definitely trying this!! I love that its made in the slow cooker! 🙂 Thanks for sharing it with us at #FoodieFriDIY…pinning!
Pinned, tweeted and shared. thanks for linking up to the party! Hope to see you again soon.