Friday, September 20, 2013

EASY crockpot applesauce

What is up? Happy Friday to ya! So fall officially starts Sunday! It’s been “official” for me since the temps hit the 70’s around here, but whatev. Details.

Last weekend we went apple picking, it’s a long-standing tradition for us. Most of the apple varieties weren’t ready (I thought it was pretty early to go picking!), but that just means we’ll have to go back. Darn. We just picked mostly Jonathan’s that day and ended up with 15 pounds of apples. I always go a little overboard. :)

This year I wanted to try something I’ve always wanted to make. Of course I thought it would be a long laborious process involving smashing 25 apples by hand or something like that, but I was OH so wrong.

When I mentioned that I was going to make applesauce earlier this week, my friend Cristina mentioned she was making some. I asked for her recipe and she was all, oh I just throw the apples in a pot with some cinnamon and it’s totally easy and MIND BLOWN.

I had no idea! So I did a little research and found she was totally right. (Not that I didn’t believe her of course.) Here’s the recipe I used and of course I used my crockpot – I threw it all in and came home to applesauce. You can’t beat that.

You only need three ingredients – ten to 12 apples (I grabbed 12 because some of mine were small, but ended up using 11), sugar and cinnamon:

crockpot applesauce

The first step is the only one that takes time – you need to peel, core and cut up the apples. Thankfully I’ve had an apple peeler/corer/slicer for years:

apple peeler slicer corer

I honestly think I’ve had this for about 12 years and I rarely use it. (It’s called Peelota. Har.) But it’s one of those things you don’t get rid of because when you need it, you really need it. This is one of those times.

This doodad ROCKS:

apple slicer corer

It made quick work of getting them all ready to go. They looked like this when I was done:

easy crockpot applesauce

I just cut the apples in half from the top. If you don’t have one of these you’ll want to slice them up or just cut them into chunks.

I dumped them all in the crockpot and then added 1/2 cup of sugar and didn’t even measure the cinnamon, I just sprinkled (a lot):

simple crockpot applesauce

I added a dash of nutmeg too – because I’m wild and crazy like that.

I didn’t even stir – just left it as it was, put the lid on and set it to cook on high for four hours. We left the house for the evening, came home and could smell it…wow!

I stirred it up a bit and was freaking (in a good way), because it looked SO GOOD:

easy applesauce recipe

Here’s the thing – I’ve never heated up applesauce at home. Have you? Uhh…it’s amazing!

It was incredibly yummy. Like a dessert really – I like it chunky (name that movie) so I left it as is. Hubby and I both stood over our bowls in the kitchen and stuffed our faces with it. And then did it again later, and I’m doing it again right. now.

SO GOOD, so stupid easy:

Simple crockpot applesauce @ thriftydecorchick.com

And not too horrible for you either!

This batch is almost gone already but I’ll be making more for sure and want to can it when I do. What a lovely little gift for the holidays, right?

Next time I’m going to try it with just a 1/4 cup of sugar though – I really don’t think it needs half a cup. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Here’s the recipe for you again:

10-12 apples -- peeled, sliced, cored
1/2 cup sugar (less would be fine)
sprinkle cinnamon on top – at least a teaspoon
dash of nutmeg (not needed)

There you go – have I blown your mind? Or all you all, duh Sarah…it’s totally easy. I really had no idea. Now go get some apples and cook it up! You will thank me. :) Have a GREAT weekend!

45 comments:

  1. Sounds amazing! Is this something you could make a large batch of and then freeze?

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    1. Yes! I'm planning on making even more next time. The batch I made isn't going as far as I thought it would!

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  2. We made our own baby food back in the day and yes, you can freeze it.

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  3. Hey Sarah, I'm so jealous you used that machine :( it's not fair! ;)
    So glad you did a little research cause my cooking abilities are really poor and now I know an even easier way to make it :)
    Thanks for the shout out.

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  4. I'm totally going to make this and post it on my blog - of course, I'll give you all the credit!! :-)

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  5. This looks so good, I need to make some. Hugs, Marty

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  6. This is how I make my applesauces as well! Just peel, core, slice and dice and throw it in the crock pot. You can also add other spices such as pumpkin spice or star anise to give it a bit of a different flavor. If you use the star anise don't forget to fish it back out and throw it away. I make so much I can them! I also use the juice to make apple cider. You have me in the mood now, I'm off to the farmers market to buy a bushel of apples! Victoria

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    1. You can use a mesh bag for the star anise so the "fishing out" will be easier!

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  7. I made a big batch of homemade applesauce the other day. The recipe I used was close to the one you used. I ended up making mine in my big electric roaster because I had 12 pounds of apples. I cooked my applesauce on low for 24 hours and then used my hand blender to get rid of the chunks. I canned the applesauce in pint jars in a hot water bath for 20 minutes.

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  8. We have an apple tree and we do the same thing every year! It gets eaten up FAST. It’s so good that one night my son chose applesauce for dessert over ice cream. Seriously. And I don’t blame him one bit! :-)

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    1. You can also spoon the applesauce over the icecream so he can have the best of both worlds!

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  9. Very good timing! I bought a bag of apples and then my mom brought me a huge bag from the farmers market yesterday. I just threw my bag in the crock pot. Thanks for the idea, no bad apples now!

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  10. Cook it for a bit longer, add some brown sugar to that recipe and you'll have apple butter!

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  11. This is how I make apple butter every year. Add a little light brown sugar and cinnamon, ginger and cloves (sparingly with clove) and put on lo or warm setting overnight or all day. Your house will smell like fall exploded. I have had people tell me it tastes just like the kind you make in a copper kettle!

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  12. oh and you can can it, too!

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  13. I don't even add sugar. I do send them through my Foley food mill, because I don't like it chunky. A big old' vat of fresh, warm applesauce is delightful and whispers of autumn. I'm about to get to it today and can a bunch more over here.

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    1. I don't use any sugar either (just lots of cinnamon) and I put mine through my Foley too. I have never used my crockpot and I don't peel my apples either because I use my Foley. Wonder pink color. We love applesauce made with Jonathon apples.

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  14. My kids made it at school in first grade. That's when I had my "wow. this is easy!" moment. They still love to make it now, but on the stove. I had the pampered chef one of those thingys, but you had to have really firm apples. I make applesauce out of the apples the kids disregard as bruised or mushy. The crockpot sounds easy too. I'm the only one here who likes chunky so I use the stick blender to smooth it out.

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  15. I make mine the same way. I add the zest of a lemon for a little tartness. And I use brown sugar instead of white. So good!

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  16. I just bought a a bunch of apples. I was going to make a cobbler with them, but your recipe has me thinking twice. Thanks for sharing this. My kids love applesauce. We'll have to try it warm.

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  17. My kids LOVE applesauce but only if it is homemade. I spoiled them like that ;) Good thing it is so easy. I leave out the nutmeg (my son is allergic to all things nuts) and put some vanilla extract and some brown sugar in mine and it is SO yummy!

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  18. I've made apple sauce with my baby cooker, too! Just steam, then puree. So easy! I used sweet varieties like pink lady so I didn't have to add any sugar since I was making it for a baby. Even without sugar, it is so delicious! If they have some sweet varieties next time, you might not even need sugar, just a little cinnamon! (However, we didn't even have to add that since fresh orchard apples are just so delicious on their own!)

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  19. Looks delicious! In England my mum would serve hot applesauce over vanilla ice-cream. Sounds weird, but there's something about the cold ice cream with the hot apple sauce that goes really well together.

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    1. OH my goodness, that is so weird you say that! I was thinking last night how good this would be with vanilla ice cream! And I'm not a big ice cream person but the hot with the cold sounded so good. Next time I'm trying it! :)

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    2. My mom has been canning applesauce for over 70 years and we often have it over vanilla ice cream. Really yummy!

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  20. I love applesauce but don't have a crockpot. Must get one soon. I think I will omit the sugar and just use the cinnamon and nutmeg.
    I think I would like to go apple-picking, it's been a while for me, the last time was over 25 years ago

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    1. It's very simple (and faster) to simmer the apples on the stove. Just add a touch of water and stir occasionally.

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    2. It's very simple (and faster) to simmer the apples on the stove. Just add a touch of water and stir occasionally.

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  21. Now you need to make apple butter. :) My Granny used to make it and give us jars for Christmas with some money taped on top. I never learned to make biscuits like hers, but Pillsbury comes close, and the combo is one of my favorites! :)

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  22. I use a machine called a Victorio and it's sole purpose is to make sauces. You don't have to peel or core the apples. Just boil them and then put them in this machine while they are still hot and the crank the handle. The applesauce comes out one side and all the peel/seeds comes out the other side. It's amazing. We've used it for years. Also, many types of apples don't need added sugar but some do so we always test and add as we go (immediately after it comes out of the machine and is still piping hot) and our secret is to add cinnamon candies (red hots). Just a small handful per batch. It gives it a pretty pink color and gives a wonderful hint of cinnamon in the applesauce! Try it!

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  23. Oh thank you, I am definitely going to try this, my mouth is watering! (Madagascar 2 Out of Africa, or have I gone crazy?!)

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  24. Why didn't I think of this? I make applesauce every year (my parents in law have 1000 apple trees in their backyard. Really, it's their job) but I never used my crockpot for that. I know what to do, tomorrow :).

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  25. I'm doing this today!!! And getting one of those doo dads. I've been wanting one for years and now I have a great excuse, as if apple pie isn't a great enough excuse! Can you tell me where you got that cool colander?
    Thanks.

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    1. Oh, and my email is kmkare@gmail.com.

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  26. This looks delicious and super easy. Thank you so much for sharing. Each Monday, I host a meatless meal link up. I would love it if you'd share this recipe with my readers. If you're interested, you can find my blog at www.LittlestSweetPea.com
    Thanks again!

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  27. If you have a food mill (it has a hand crank and blade,) you don't even have to peel and core the apples! Just cut up, put in a large pot and season to taste. When it's done, just put through the food mill and the seeds and skin stay behind. Adding some pears can be tasty too!

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  28. I take an even easier route.. partly through laziness and partly health (lots of vitamins in the skin!). I just rinse, quarter and take the cores out. The colour is a bit darker if you leave the skin on, but the taste and texture are fine. We eat them for breakfast with granola. Here in NZ our apple season is just starting to finish.. but it has been delicious!

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  29. I made apple butter this way last weekend. I didn't peel the apples, just cored them. It was so yummy!

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  30. I made apple butter in the crock pot with some left over apples- I thought it was going to make a few jars at least- I had three tiny little freezer containers- probably 1/4 cup in each one. wow, was I disappointed! Next time, I'll get a 20 pound bag and make it worthwhile! Or maybe not, I'm kinda' lazy. :)

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  31. For years I have been making applesauce with a food mill which requires no peeling or coring. You get all the good nutrients of the apple and the applesauce comes out a lovely pink! My grandmother taught me to do this and I always use Jonathans (which are hard to come by in AZ). Try without any sugar, I always find it comes out plenty sweet. It freezes very well. Doesn't it make you wonder why anyone would buy applesauce? Yay Fall!

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  32. I LOVE homemade applesauce! The house smells AMAZING when it's cooking and it's such a treat when it's done :) We had an abundance of apples recently and had an Apple Tasting Picnic where we tried several varieties with a Greek yogurt & Peanut butter dip (seriously SOOO good!)- such a fun fall activity! :)

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  33. Yumm! I've been making apple sauce for the last couple weeks. Here's another twist to try... 7 - 10 apples, peel, core and slice, put in crock or on stove top with 1/2 cup water. Boil down for 15 -n 25 min. When soft and mushy add a heaping Tablespoon of honey and a heaping Tablespoon of coconut oil. Stir together and put through the food processor to blend. Place in canning jars or any container, we eat it up so fast that I haven't had to hot bath it. So good!

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  34. Yum! That looks simply divine!!

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  35. Sounds interesting; Ima try this method.

    I do the Victorio strainer method. Gala apples are what I've used for several years now, and they do not need sugar. At least in this family's opinion. :)

    Chrissy

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  36. how long do you cook it in the crock pot?

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