Homemade Applesauce is fun to prepare because it's so easy to make. Use an assortment of green and red apples and you’ll have a flavorful snack you can enjoy; better than the store stuff! Plus it's the perfect fall treat. Let your slow cooker do the work so kids and adults alike can have a healthy snack!
My huge stash of apples is gone and I'm sad. I miss them. I miss using my awesome new apple peeler. Have I mentioned how I came about a large stash of apples? This is going to sound made up, but I promise it's true. My friend Monica can vouch for me because she is the one who gave me access to 500 apple trees that have barely been touched. It was like we were in a dream world! There were so many perfect apples waiting to be plucked from branches and turned into pie. Or jam. Or applesauce. I so badly want to go back to the Secret Orchard. There are endless options for things to do with apples! And I adore my awesome new apple peeler. She's even a pretty red color, just like an apple. I named her Fiona.
By the way, I've kind of lost track but I believe there are at least three more apple-related recipes to come after this one. And they are ALL delicious!
This applesauce was EASY and very yummy. My boys ate the entire batch within a couple days. They even did a bit of modeling for me.
HOW TO MAKE CROCKPOT APPLESAUCE
Make this simple better-than-store bought crock pot applesauce recipe for a snack today!
Peel and slice 10-12 medium apples. Throw them into a crockpot along with brown sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice and water. Cook on high for 5 hours, stirring occasionally. Cover and refrigerate and use within 2 weeks.
COOKING TIP: I keep my applesauce spiced very simply but if you love more complex flavors, you could add a little of the following: nutmeg, pumpkin spice, allspice and cloves.
Easy, huh? Your house will smell amazing!
STORING YOUR FRESHLY MADE APPLESAUCE AND FREEZING SOME FOR LATER
Once you have a cooled finished product and have taste tested it for the perfect spice combination, you can ladle the sauce into an airtight container or I love to use mason jars. They hold a lot, you can see the beautiful color of sauce and it keeps it all ready to pour out in a moments hungry notice. If you prefer to freeze some, it's easy to do. Make sure whatever container you add it to, that it's completely airtight and leave a little room for expansion.
Aren't they cute?
BEST APPLE BRANDS FOR APPLESAUCE
There are so many brands of apples and everyone has a different favorite! But when making applesauce you want a variety of flavors but also consider that you want them to be softer so they cook down well into the sauce you desire. Here’s some suggestions to mix together:
Sweet/Softer Apple Brands
Tart (or a little Sour) Apple Brands
COOKING TIP: I used a potato masher to make the mixture a little less chunky after it’s done cooking down. An immersion blender or blender to puree the sauce would make the consistency even smoother.
Who do you know that loves applesauce? Share some apple sauce with loved ones, a neighbor or a teacher - it makes a great fall gift!