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Crockpot Homemade Applesauce

Guest Post by: Katie at The Cutting Back Kitchen

By the time September hits, I have had more than my fill of summer, and I am ushering in the fall season.  The fall decorations come out, pumpkin lattes become all too often indulgence, I anxiously await the changing leaves, and the fall recipes make their yearly appearance.
I love fall recipes, and this applesauce is no exception!  If you have never made homemade applesauce, it is a must this year.  The taste exceeds the store bought variety by a mile.
The great thing about homemade applesauce is that you can enjoy it all year long; it doesn’t have to be just a “fall recipe”.  Every fall I buy about 20-30 pounds of apples and feed the freezer.  I take one day to peel, cook, and package up the yummy stuff in freezer bags, and we enjoy it all year!
3 pound bag of apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
2-3 tablespoons brown sugar (or other sweetener)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup water
Place your apple slices in the bottom of a Crockpot.  (If you don’t have a Crockpot, you can make it on the stove.) Top with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Add the water. (I always just make sure to add enough water to cover the bottom of the Crockpot.)    Cook the applesauce on low for 4-6 hours or until apples are tender.  Once the apples are tender, mash them with a potato masher for a chunkier consistency.  For a smoother consistency, mix in blender.
This is more an idea, than an exact recipe you need to stick to.  I try to keep mine pretty low in sugar, but if you like yours sweeter add some more.  Sometimes I add a handful of frozen berries to add some color and lend a slightly different flavor.  Get creative!
Freezing Instructions
I just package mine in quart sized freezer bags.   Thaw and enjoy!

Katie blogs at The Cutting Back Kitchen.  Her passion is helping women serve up big flavors on a bland budget.  There you will read all about her newest recipes, couponing adventures, freezer cooking frenzies, and really…everything that is kitchen related!

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  • karen gerstenberger
    October 15, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I learned about your blog from Leigh, and am glad that I stopped by. Just made your applesauce in my crockpot, and it’s delicious! I combined it with homemade cranberry sauce, and it’s a very healthy snack. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
    May God bless you and keep you, and bring help and healing every step of the way of your journey.

  • Katie
    October 8, 2010 at 2:46 pm


    I primarily use gala apples. I try to go for a sweeter apple so I don’t have to add much sugar!

  • kcconfections
    October 8, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Love the simplicity and ease of this recipe! Sounds like an awesome way to to use up some apples. What type of apple do you generally use?

  • Leigh
    October 7, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    I love making applesauce in the fall! I never thought of utilizing my slow cooker for it before. Also, I don’t add any sugar to mine but brown sugar could be a nice touch.

  • Sawdust and Paper Scraps
    October 7, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Cool, I’m going to try this. We love applesauce. I even serve it warm with corn bread sometimes for breakfast in the winter so we might eat it fresh out of the pot. 🙂 Sandra

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