We eat a lot of applesauce around these parts, and since we’re trying to live simply and all, I decided to try making my own. For some reason I thought making applesauce involved some long, drawn out process that involved hours of prep, then actual cooking — I was SO wrong.
I found several recipes on Pinterest and literally laughed aloud at how simple it is to make. With my oldest son’s help, it took all of 10 minutes for prep (mostly because of cutting the apples), and 5 hours later, voila! Homemade applesauce that tastes delicious, is cheaper and healthier than store bought and can be made in large batches to save you time and money.
Here’s my recipe for easy peasy crock pot applesauce:
Adapted from bargainbriana.com‘s easy slower cooker applesauce recipe
- 12 locally grown McIntosh apples (You can use any apples you want. I used these because I got a 10 lb. bag for $1.99!)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoon apple pie spice
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 cup water
- Slice apples in quarters. Remove seeds and stems.
- Place all ingredients in the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours until apples stir into applesauce. (I cooked it for 5 hours.)
- Once cooked, scoop the mixture into a blender and mix for 10-15 seconds. (I used my Vitamix and it blended things very quickly and thoroughly, so be careful not to turn it into puree.)
This was a big hit with my family! Even the hubby said it was delicious. This recipe is definitely a welcomed addition to my homemade food menu that I can see making from here on out. I even talked about making other fruit sauces in the warmer weather — think pears, plums and peaches. I can’t wait!