Saturday, January 26, 2013

Applesauce Done RIGHT

I have been a lifelong lover of applesauce.  Even in my childhood when I was fairly snooty about what I would or wouldn't eat, I was always fond of applesauce.

So the other day when I came across a revolutionary idea, that is, to make apple sauce in the crock pot, I thought why not?  Let's give it a try.  Not only that, we had received a rather large gift box at Christmas that was filled with various kinds of apples.  I was looking for a way to use them up.

Usually I just go to the grocery store, find the canned fruit aisle, and purchase it ready made.  Once in a great while I make a recipe my mother gave me for stewed apples, made in a pot on the stove.  That recipe makes a very tasty sauce, but it requires stirring about every ten minutes or so.

Most crock pot recipes require very little tending or stirring, and this recipe was easy.  For your culinary pleasure then, here it is:

1.  Remove the skins and cut up about 10 to 12 apples, any variety, into large chunks and toss into the crock pot.  I used a variety of apple types.

2.  Add the following to the crock pot and stir:

     1/2 cup water
     1/4 cup sugar
     1 teaspoon cinnamon

Here is the mix ready to cook.  My recipe said to cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or cook on high for 4 to 5 hours.  Use your judgment based on your own crock pot.  My crock pot is very large, and it seems to cook every recipe in less time than recommended.  I cooked my applesauce for about 5 hours on low.  

After about two hours, a heavenly aroma permeated the house, and I have made a mental note that this recipe must be made on a regular basis in our fifth wheel.  How wonderful would it be to come back to the camper after a day of sightseeing to that delicious smell?

I stirred the batch about once every hour, mostly because I was impatient and just wanted to stick my nose in there.  You will be able to see when the sauce looks done.  Just take a potato masher or some such tool and smash the remaining chunks up a bit.  I just used a whisk - the apples were that tender.

Ready to serve
I served this batch of applesauce as a side dish along with Quinoa Stuffed Peppers.  If you'd like that recipe, you can find it in this post from the other evening.

Now I'm no food blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie, but I know when I've found something good. This recipe is a keeper.



  1. I too am an applesauce lover. As much as I use my crock pot, I've never thought of using it to make applesauce. Guess what I'm doing next week. Thank you so much for the idea

  2. Growing up my grandma canned applesauce, much to our benefit. She gaves us enough to last us through the winter every year. So good! She didn't add sugar or cinnamon tho' and we could add those to our taste.

    Now that I make it I find that the sweeter the apple, the less or no sugar I have to add [after making it]. I prefer it that way, because to me it is sweet enough, [even when we purchase it, we buy all natural nothing added] but always, always add the cinnamon on top. :D

    This recipe excites me so much!! Besides how yummy the house is going to smell [best thing about crockpots imo] it is so easy. And I don't have to add sugar if I don't want. YAY! I worry that the kids [and especially Pooldad] don't get their "5 a day" so we always have a vegetable and some type of fruit with dinner. THIS is going to be a huge hit. THANK YOU.

    Oh, and I meant to send you an email, but the family loves your quinona recipe. I almost had our daughter fooled that it was turkey or chicken. heehee Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    You're on a roll. I can't wait to see what you post next. I am not a food blogger either, but I think we are similar - we love to eat.

    Have a wonderful Sunday. Thanks again. Hugsxo Skippy