DYI: Crockpot Applesauce

One of my favorite things to do in the Fall is to go Apple Picking.  Mark is a great sport and we always make a trip to Lyman Orchards so I can “find the perfect apple”.crockpot-applesauce-3

This year, we have received a bounty of apples from both our excursion to Lyman Orchards AND as part of our CSA from Becket Farms.

Needless to say – we have a lot of apples in the house.

There are only so many apples Mark and I can consume (and believe me we try), so last year, to maximize their longevity  – I started making applesauce.  Scouring the internet will yield a plethora of recipes, but the simplest and easiest way I have found requires minimal ingredients and a crock-pot.

Last year I did test out recipes involving both the crock pot and stove-top and after chopping and coring many, many apples,  the crock-pot method won out.  It was simple and the mess in my kitchen was considerably less.

I love the crock-pot version because like most crock-pot recipes – you basically  set it and forget it.  I can start the crock-pot before I go to bed and by the time I wake up the next day the house smells like fall.  I then just remove the lid, add some spices, and blend to one’s desired (chunky in my case) consistency.applesauce

After cooling the applesauce, I usually divide some of the finished product into containers to keep in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks (although it does not last long).  With the remaining applesauce, I use a waterbath canner (I use these directions) so I can enjoy the “fruits of my labor” well into the next year.  applesauce-iii

Enjoy!


Crockpot Applesauce

Crockpot Applesauce

Easy, healthy and delicious applesauce recipe using a few ingredients and your Crock-Pot. Set it and forget it!

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds of baking apples (I used a vareity) - cored and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Programmable Crockpot
    Optional:
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Additional Sweetener (Sugar, Honey, Stevia)
  • Potato Masher or Blender

Instructions

  1. Add chopped apples to the crockpot and pour water over the mixture.
  2. Set Crockpot - low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  3. After 2 hours, remove lid and stir.
  4. **If making cinnamon applesauce, add Cinnamon Sticks at this time.
  5. Continue to cook until the apples break down.
  6. The applesauce will be slightly chunky when it is done cooking. If you like your applesauce that way, Great! If not, lightly blend the applesauce using a potato masher or blender.
  7. At this point, the applesauce can be stored in your refrigerator for several weeks. If you wish to make this applesauce shelf stable, click on the link in the post for further directions.
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**Edited to Add – When preparing this recipe I prefer to leave the skins on. If you prefer to make your applesauce without them, either remove them before adding to the crock-pot or blend after the cook time is finished.

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