Got apples? Want applesauce? Whether it's time for the fall apple harvest or if you just picked up a big bag of fruit at the grocery store, any time is a good time to make homemade applesauce. Need a recipe? Got you covered! This is the easiest homemade applesauce recipe ever, made in your Crockpot or slow cooker.
Use as many apples as you want in this recipe. For most slow cooker recipes you're advised not to fill the crock more than 2/3 of the way full. Since apples cook down quickly, though, it won't hurt to pile in more apples up almost to the top.
I don't peel the apples when I make applesauce, but it's fine to do so if you prefer. If so, an apple peeler makes the job so much easier than using a knife. This apple slicer has excellent reviews plus a lifetime guarantee and makes quick work of slicing apples.
Wondering what type of apple to use in applesauce? Just about any variety will do with the exception of Red Delicious which is firm and best used in salads or for eating out of hand. I usually cook a couple of varieties together, often Gala and Golden Delicious which are both sweet varieties. This Apple Usage Chart from the Washington Apples' BestApples.com site displays information that will help you choose.
Here's my recipe:
Easy Crockpot Applesauce
Fresh apples, cored and sliced (no need to peel)
Brown sugar (1/4 to 1/2 cup)
Ground cinnamon (1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon or more to taste)
Wash apples well. Core and slice apples using a knife or an easy apple corer/slicer similar to the one you see in the picture. (Peel the apples if you prefer, as mentioned above.)
Place the apple slices in the crockpot or slow cooker. Fill the cooker at least halfway. Since the apples will cook down fairly quickly, it's okay to fill the crock up to just below the rim.
Sprinkle on brown sugar and cinnamon to taste. (Use more for tart apples, less for sweet varieties). No need to add water!
Put the lid on the crockpot, plug in and turn it on to low, and let cook for 3 to 6 hours depending on the quantity. After about three hours, feel free to lift the lid and quickly stir the cooked apples. That will give you a good feel for how fast they're cooking and help to mix the apples and spices together a bit.
If you prefer that the apple slices retain their shape, turn off the cooker sooner. If you want saucier sauce, cook longer then use a potato masher to mash them down. Since I include the apple peel, I just barely mash my applesauce with a wooden spoon as I stir so that it remains chunky.
Applesauce is easy to make, good for a side dish or snack anytime, and freezes well. Pick up some fresh apples today, treat your family and yourself to a batch of fresh homemade applesauce for dinner tonight, and be sure to make enough to save for a great healthy snack tomorrow!
Smooth or Chunky? How Do You Like Your Applesauce?
|Fill the slow cooker to just below the rim to make a big batch of easy crockpot applesauce.|
|After a few hours in the slow cooker, the apples will have cooked down quite a bit. |
Mash for a saucier sauce or leave the applesauce chunky.
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