Try this Crock Pot Applesauce recipe with your kids! It’s so easy to make in a slow cooker and they will love eating the applesauce.
Using a crock pot to make applesauce is the easiest, hand-off way to make it! Just put the ingredients into the slow cooker and let it do the work. Plus it makes your house smell amazing.
Here’s Everything You Need To Make Crock Pot Applesauce
Crock Pot Applesauce Ingredients
You only need five ingredients to make this applesauce recipe. You can swap things out or add more spices to make different flavors.
- Apples: We used fuji and pink lady apples in this recipe. For the best flavor and texture, we suggest using two or even three different kinds of apples.
- Juice: For this recipe, we used apple juice instead of water for extra apple flavor. Try using different apple juice blends for a variety of flavors.
- Sugar: We used brown sugar as the sweetener. You can add more sugar if your apples are very sweet. Or you can skip the sugar if you prefer.
- Cinnamon: We added some ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg for flavor. You could also add a little allspice, cloves, and ginger.
- Vanilla: The vanilla extract adds extra flavor to the apple sauce.
How To Make Applesauce In A Slow Cooker
Crock Pot Applesauce is a popular choice for elementary school teachers to make with their students! It’s an easy, hands-off way to cook applesauce. The kids can help by turning the crank on the apple peeler, slicer, and corer tool.
- Peel & Slice: Start by peeling, coring, and slicing the apples. We love using this peeler/slicer/corer when making applesauce because it really speeds up the process.
- Cook: Put the sliced apples, apple juice, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon into a large crock pot and stir to coat. Cover and cook until tender.
- Puree: After allowing the apples to cool, puree them with an immersion blender, food processor, or high-speed blender. For chunkier apple sauce, use a fork to mash the apples.
We love that you can store slow cooker applesauce in the refrigerator or the freezer. Make a batch at the beginning of the week and divide it into small containers to store some in both places. Some for right away and some for later.
How To Store Leftover Crock Pot Applesauce
Allow the applesauce to cool to room temperature. Fill one large container(or several small ones) and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.
How To Freeze Crock Pot Applesauce
Once the applesauce has cooled, transfer it to airtight containers (or freezer storage bags) and store it in the freezer for 1-2 months for the best results. Thaw frozen applesauce in the refrigerator overnight.
Mason Jar Label
Want labels for your mason jars of applesauce? You can find this free printable label here.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best apples for making apple sauce are the softer apples that will break down while they are cooking. Try using Fuji, Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, and Gala. Add a few Granny Smith for a little tartness.
No, you do not have to peel the apples before slicing and coring them but it may change the outcome of the applesauce. Also, you will need to use a food mill, high-speed blender, or food processor to make sure the skins are pureed.
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Crock Pot Applesauce
- 7 lbs apples about 14-16 medium apples
- 1 cup apple juice no added sugar
- ⅓ cup brown sugar up to ⅔ cup depending on sweetness of apples
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Peel, core, and slice apples into small pieces.
- Put the apples into a large crock pot. Add the unsweetened apple juice, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Stir to coat.
- Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours (or low for 5-6 hours), stirring occasionally, until tender.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Cool for 15-20 minutes. You can drain the excess liquid if you want thicker applesauce.
- Mash the cooked apples with an immersion blender. Or allow the apples to cool and puree with a food processor, or in a vented high-speed blender (leave the center cap off the lid and cover with a dish towel). For chunky applesauce, mash with a fork.
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