Easy, Unsweetened, Homemade: Applesauce

I had a whole bunch of apples that were starting to get a bit soft.  Rather than letting them go completely bad, I decided to make applesauce.

Applesauce is easy to make in a slow-cooker.

And it tastes so delicious and looks so yummy.

To make the applesauce, follow these 5 steps:

  1. Peel, quarter, and core as many apples as will fit into your slow-cooker
  2. Pour in just enough water to cover the bottom – you can always add more later if you want
  3. Liberally sprinkle the apples with cinnamon
  4. Cook on “high” setting for 4 hours
  5. Mash with a fork or hand-held blender

That’s all there is to it.  I made 2 crock-pots of applesauce.  The whole apartment smelled delicious and I was able to bag and store some of it in the freezer for later.  Unsweetened applesauce is a great ingredient to use when baking without sugar, and I like to keep some on hand.

Pay extra attention to step #2 – if you like runny applesauce, then add more water, but you can’t take the water out once it’s in there.  I learned the first time I made applesauce that adding too much water makes for apple drink, not apple sauce!  Use the water sparingly, and if you want, you can always add more at the end.  It’s also tastier if you use more than one variety of apple.  For example, I used New Zealand Rose, Fuji, and McIntosh apples in my latest batch of applesauce.  I generally grab whatever is on sale and use that.  Also, I tend to leave a little bit more of the peel on around the apple base than what I would leave on if I were, say, making an apple pie.  The extra bit of peel softens and is good for you, but some people might not like the texture of it in the applesauce.

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10 comments

  1. Janine says:

    I’ve never made applesauce (and never really thought about it) but this recipe sounds delicious! There’s an orchard near my office that I always visit to stock up for apple pie but I think I need to make a trip just for applesauce apples.

  2. Laura says:

    YUM!! That looks so yummy and easy 🙂 I never thought of putting the apples in a crockpot. And since I’m very pregnant and finding I’m hungry like theres no tomorrow, this looks like something I want to fix myself ha!

    Laura
    laurasblondemoments.blogspot.com

  3. Jen says:

    Yum! It also works really well on the stovetop-though same exact process. One thing though, if you don’t want to go through the hassle of coring/skinning the apples, you can just chop them in half or quarters and toss the whole thing in, skin and all into the pot and then just run in through a food mill when you’re done. It’s really quick and easy!

  4. Peachy Keen says:

    I can practically smell the apples and cinnamon from that picture!

    I loved making applesauce (stove top version) when I was kid, my dad always pretended that he especially loved it and I thought it was my magic skill—it’s one of my first kitchen memories!

  5. Valerie says:

    Looks good! I haven’t attempted to make applesauce yet (no real occasion to, really) but you make it sound easy!

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