Lazy J Bar C

Lazy J Bar C

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Slow Cooker Applesauce

I made applesauce for the first time last year. Yeah, I know, it's SOOO easy what was I waiting for! LOL!! One of the vendors at the Farmer's Market has the most amazing apples every year and I use his apples for applesauce and apple butter, which I also make in the slow cooker! :) I like the fact that you don't have to keep stirring and stirring to prevent sticking and burning like when you cook it on the stovetop. For cinnamon applesauce, tuck a 4 to 6-inch cinnamon stick in with the apples while they cook; remove the cinnamon stick before mashing the apples.

Fill the slow cooker with peeled, cored and quartered apples. Toss with 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. If the apples seem dry, add a tablespoon or two of water.

Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours until the apples are extremely tender and falling apart. My slow cooker has a "hot spot" so I had to stir the apples part way through. These were done in 4 hours.

Add some sugar to taste, I used about 1/4 cup of sugar this time.

Use a potato masher to mash the apples as fine as you like them.

My slow cooker full of apples yielded 2 pints plus a little over a cup, which Jerry's mom ate warm! :) I put the pints in the freezer after they had cooled down in the fridge but you could also can the hot applesauce following the directions in the Ball Blue Book.


MamaTea said...

Yum! Never made applesauce in the slow cooker, but my apple butter recipe is for the slow cooker. If I can get my hands on some apples, we will try out this recipe! (Seems like I'm spending a lot of time saying "if I can get my hands on...." since nothin' is growing here!)

nancypo said...

I used to make that at my last house, where we had an apple tree- chunky applesauce! I actually left the skins on (all organic) and used a lot of cinnamon for 1 batch, and regular for the other, and froze it in jars. Did it on the stovetop, and had the kids help, we'd take turns stirring. I'd make a gallon or two at a time in a big pot. I even made up a song for it! Ah the memories.... My apple tree here is getting ready, this time I'll can it...

Kristina said...

Yum! I make a pumpkin apple butter in the crock pot. It looks delicious.

Candy C. said...

I make apple butter in the slow cooker too! Love the recipe because you don't have to peel the apples! :)

Candy C. said...

I was going for chunky but I let it cook a little too long! LOL!!

Candy C. said...

Pumpkin apple butter sounds really good! I just love anything with pumpkin!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I just received a comment from you on my blog-- and am seeing so many titles on your side bar that interest me! Can't wait to read!
as for the crock pot recipe-- I've made homemade applesauce before and my family loves it!
When the kids were little I used to buy crates of apples brought back to me from Pennsylvania thru a neighbor of mine. They were Mennonites and there is a bakery here in our town. Those were the best apples!
I should see about purchasing again. I'd love to try making them in the crock pot. Think of the time you'd save by getting to do other activities while the apples cooked!

Thanks for posting, so nice to meet you, Pat

Candy C. said...

Hi Pat!
Thanks for stopping by! Letting the slow cooker "tend" to the cooking is a big timesaver! :)