A little over a week ago we headed out to pick apples. Heading to our local apple orchard has become one of our yearly fall traditions.
One of the reasons we pick multiple bushels of apples each year is so we can make homemade crockpot applesauce. Homemade applesauce is very simple to make and it tastes so much better than store bought.
How to Make Homemade Crockpot Applesauce
Here is the simple recipe that I use to make crockpot applesauce. I’ve included measurement quantities to give you an estimate of how much of each ingredient to use. But you really don’t need to use exact measurement, just dump the approximate ingredients into the crockpot and it will be good. You really can’t mess it up.
Ingredients Needed (quantities fill a 5 quart crock pot)
- Approximately 16 apples peeled, cored and sliced.
- 1 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla
Step 1 – Peel, core and cut your apples. I’ve always used a regular peeler and an apple slicer, but I know others that love the all in one apple peeler, corer and slicer. Use whatever method works for you.
It takes approximately 25 apples in the 6 quart crock pot and 16 apples in the 5 quart crockpot. I’ve always used Golden Delicious Apples because they are naturally sweet. I’m sure you would also have success with Gala, Red Delicious and Fuji. Be sure to ask the people working at the Orchard if you have questions.
Step 2 – Fill the crockpot to the very top (the apples will shrink as they are cooking). Then add in the water, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla (In my opinion, the vanilla really enhances the flavor).
If desired you can completely omit the brown sugar and your final result will still be sweet. I only use it because we prefer the texture of the applesauce when sugar is added during while it is cooking.
Step 3 – Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. At that point check to see if the apples are soft. If not, cover and cook for another 1-2 hours and check again. One of my crockpots cooked it in exactly 4 hours, the other didn’t finish until almost 6 hours.
Step 4 – Once the apples are soft, use a spoon or potato masher and smash them until you get the desired consistency. If you prefer no chucks in your applesauce, you may need to use an immersion hand blender.
Step 5 – Enjoy! And a word of advice, resist the temptation to eat a spoonful of applesauce right out of the crockpot. It will be hot! Ask me how I know?
And for an extra bonus, you can make enough applesauce to can and enjoy for the entire year. Delicious!
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- Making Caramel Apples – A Fun Fall Treat
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- Pick-your-own apple orchards across Northeast Ohio