Today I am going to talk to you about making crockpot applesauce. It is so easy and its a great way to quickly use up apples that are going over the hill or a large bag of frozen apples. I was given one of those large bags of frozen apples and decided to make them into a batch of applesauce. I photographed it along the way to show you how easy it is.
The only things you need are:
About 3 lbs of apples (well, that's what I had, you can use any amount really)
A bit of water
A potato smasher
A food processor
Canning jars (or any holding container, I just prefer canning jars)
If you aren't using pre-frozen apples, peel, core, and slice your apples. Place in crockpot and add just a little bit of water. For this recipe, I used about 1/2 cup. Apples generate their own juices as well so you really don't need much at all. Cook on low for about 3-4 hours, or till apples are nice and soft.
Once soft, take a potato smasher and smash down the apples. They will be all smashed but a bit lumpy as seen below. Allow to cool completely before moving on to the next step.
Place the cooled smashed apples in your food processor and, using the pulse button, chop till they are the consistency you are looking for.
Remove from food processor and keep repeating till all apples are done. Now is the time, if you so choose, to add some cinnamon to it. I do sometimes and don't others. This time, I did not.
Put in canning jars and refrigerate. 3 lbs of apples turned into 2 1/2 quarts of applesauce. This will last in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You could also freeze your final results for another time. This is also a great cheap way to make a large batch of baby food applesauce since it is all natural and sugar free.
I hope you can make a batch sometime soon. It is a great easy way to make a tasty healthy treat, especially with apple season right around the corner. It is also a great way to not let your softening apples go to waste.