Criss-Cross Crockpot Applesauce

Pro tip: hide the final product from your family/roommates/people you share a fridge with otherwise it will be gone quickly

This one time I sent Ben to the store to buy some apples for our lunches and he came back with one of those plastic bags filled with apples because they were super cheap. Nothing against cheapo apples (I like saving money as much as the next person) but we took one bite out of them and vowed to never again buy apples if we couldn’t select each one ourselves. So then we were left with a bag of apples that nobody really wanted to eat when I thought I’d try making applesauce. I used to be super impressed by people who made their own applesauce. It was always so much better than applesauce you could buy and I loved the little chunks of apple and so I assumed that it must be impossible to make. Oh how wrong I was. This recipe is idiot proof (I promise!!) and makes your house smell delicious while you cook it. Please note, the amount of apple sauce you’ll end up with will be less than half of the amount of chopped up apples you use. Just fair warning!

Here’s what you need: 

  • Apples (any kind will do, a mix of types is best)
  • Brown sugar– 1 tablespoon per quart of chopped up, uncooked apples
  • 1 cinnamon stick (if you don’t want to use a cinnamon stick you can use a 1/2 tsp per quart of chopped up, uncooked apples)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice per quart of chopped up, uncooked apples.
  • A crock pot
  • Potato masher or emersion blender, depending on what consistency of applesauce you like

Here’s what to do:

  1. Slice up your apples. I keep the skin on but if you don’t want to then feel free to take it off! I used an apple slicer and cut each slice in half but feel free to do it by hand or if you have one of those fancy apple slicer/peeler/corers that will work too.
  2. Pile your apples into the crock pot and guestimate how much you have to figure out how much brown sugar and lemon juice to add.
  3. Add the cinnamon stick.
  4. Put the lid on, turn the crock pot on and let the magic happen. Cooking time will differ depending on how full you stuff your crockpot and which setting you use. I cooked 5 quarts on high for about 6 hours. Make sure you keep the lid on to keep the applesauce from drying out.
  5. Stir the apples every hour or so. The apples will eventually turn brown-ish and start to get soggy. When the apples are so soft that you can smoosh them with a spoon, you’re done!
  6. Remove the cinnamon stick. (I’ve forgotten to do this a few times– it’s not the end of the world if you blend it up, you’ll just get a sharp bite of cinnamon every so often.)
  7. Use an emersion blender or a potato masher to get the applesauce to the right consistency.
  8. Enjoy!

5 overflowing quarts of soon to be deliciousness

When your apples look like this, brown with some liquid around them, you know you’re ready to mash/blend the apple sauce

The sauce should last for a few weeks if you store it in the fridge. Also, since it’s basically just apples, this definitely counts as a healthy breakfast 🙂

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