Homemade crock pot applesauce is the perfect recipe to make when fall arrives. Full of peeled cut apples, warm spices, and slow-cooked in a crockpot, this fall recipe treat is a delicious snack or side dish to a hearty meal.
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Fall has my family craving one of our favorite recipes, homemade applesauce! I always thought that making this was so labor-intensive, but really, this is one of the easiest mix of ingredients to ever grace your kitchen, I promise.
Basically, you will need only 3 things to make this:
- Crock-Pot – One of the best appliances to have year-round!
- Apples- 6-12 fresh apples (depending on the size) peeled, cored, and roughly chopped.
- Cinnamon- which is optional!
Lastly, add a little bit of water (about a cup). Put all these together, turn your crockpot on low and you are on your way to the best crockpot applesauce!
Easy Homemade Crock Pot Applesauce
I love going to one of our local orchards to pick apples, but when this fun family activity provides more fruit than anyone can possibly eat, plus there tends to be a few dented or bruised selections on the bottom of the bag.
These make perfect cooking apples for easy apple butter or apple puffed pancakes. The best part about making applesauce in a crockpot is it's healthier and makes the house smell amazing!
Related recipes: Apple Cider Donuts, Dutch Baby Apple Pancake, Apple Ale Pulled Pork, Baked Pumpkin Donuts, Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup
What Apple Makes the Best Applesauce?
When visiting the local orchard, I tend to pick McIntosh for both Apple Pie and applesauce. I like how this variety breaks down when cooked leaving a nice sweet, yet tart finish.
You could mix in Cortland as well for a fresh flavor.
I would not use Red Delicious for this recipe because it will be very bitter. Red Delicious apples are perfect for snacking rather than baking or cooking.
How Do I Make Applesauce Taste Better?
Making this fruit snack from scratch is really a treat. If you want to make it taste better, you can add a pinch of the following to bring that flavor up a notch!
- nutmeg – use freshly grated nutmeg for extra fresh flavor
How Long Will Homemade Applesauce Last in the Refrigerator?
After this has cooked and cooled, store homemade applesauce in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator for a week to 10 days. If you would like to keep it longer, consider placing it in a ziplock bag.
Remove as much air as possible out of the bag before sealing and place it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
What Can I serve applesauce With?
I love making this dish because it is so easy! It is great to serve as a side dish or snack and also tastes great on top of pork chops or over our delicious potato pancake recipe!
Other serving ideas:
- Place on top of your muffin or cornbread.
- Place a nice dollop on a sausage.
- Use in place of oil or butter in cookies or quick bread.
- Stir into morning oatmeal.
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How to Make Homemade Crock Pot Applesauce
Homemade crockpot applesauce is so delicious and a perfect fall recipe to use up your picked fruit. Simply add to the slow cooker with a bit of water and you are good to go!
- 6-10 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- 1 Cup water
- cinnamon (optional)
- Peel and chop 6-10 apples (depending on size)
- Place in Crockpot and add water
- Cover with lid and cook on low setting for 6-8 hours.
- Lift the lid and stir with a spoon.
- When fruit is easily stirred and breaks into the sauce, it is done.
- Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
- Place in the fridge.
- This should keep for about a week
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Tuesday 2nd of October 2018
oh my goodness, this is insane!! I never knew you could make applesauce in a crockpot! As soon as I buy some apples I am definitely going to make this!!
Tuesday 2nd of October 2018
Yes!!!! It is SO easy...and if you want it a little sweeter, add apple cider instead of water! :)