Sep 15, 2010

Crockpot Applesauce


I took the girls to a nearby pick-your-own apple orchard last Friday.  I picked up a bushel of apple "seconds" for only $4!   Since they are pretty soft, they are perfect for applesauce, which is very simple to make.


Start out by peeling and coring your apples.  I filled my crockpot about 3/4 full.


The other 4 ingredients (sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, and water) are really pretty optional and the amounts are to taste.   I used a 1/2 cup of sugar, a tsp. of cinnamon, a 1/2 cup of water, and a sprinkling of lemon juice.  I think it was a little too sweet for my taste, so I will probably go with less on my next batch.


Thinly slice the apples and toss with lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar, and water.  Set the crockpot on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.  I know they don't recommend lifting the lid during cooking, but I found that stirring the apples every hour or so made them cook more evenly.  (I had 3 crockpots all going at the same time!)


Use a hand blender for smooth applesauce or leave as is for chunky.  It can be refrigerated for up to a week, frozen, or canned.



4 lovely comments:

Domestic Nerd said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious! I have been wanting to can applesauce for awhile...do you use any preservative like absorbic acid when you can or just leave it as is?

annabelle82 said... Best Blogger Tips

Too funny I already have a bunch of apples I washed and are waiting to be made into applesauce too! Yummy!

Grammy Blick said... Best Blogger Tips

How simple! I never considered doing this in a crockpot. Yep, this is a keeper recipe. Your photos make us hungry, too.

Alisa @ The Tidy Nest said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks so good! Great price too! I was thinking about canning some apple butter to add into our oatmeal this fall. I love this time of year!! :)