Easy Homemade Crockpot Applesauce

by Pamela

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So what important thing did I do with that extra hour over the weekend you ask?  I slept.  I selfishly squandered that hour and added to my sleep bank and lazily made crockpot applesauce.  And you know what?  I don’t regret it or feel bad about.  So yeah, I’m probably a horrible person.

Homemade-Applesauce Slow Cooker Cranberry Applesauce

I may have squandered my extra hour this weekend on something as trivial as sleep, but I do have something delicious to offer you: crockpot applesauce.  Yes, I make lots of crockpot recipes on this site, and usually they are of the savory nature.  But I actually do make quite a few sweet things in the old crockpot (slow cooker).

I’ve been making homemade applesauce for a really long time.  While there are several applesauce brands out there that actually taste like real apples now, that wasn’t always the case – that’s when and why I started making my own.

Making your own (insert food item here) has always had it’s benefits.  Like…you actually know what goes into it.  But with homemade applesauce it’s even more than that.  You see, I’m a bit picky when it comes to that particular food item.  I want applesauce to taste like real apples.  I know, that doesn’t seem like that much of a stretch, but have you tasted some of those jarred applesauce’s?  Some of them taste like the manufacturer’s have never had an actual apple before packaging up their product and slapping a label on it.

I like my applesauce like I like my peanut butter (not my men) – chunky.  Yes, I compare my food to the types of men I like.  Someday I’ll break it down here.  Crockpot applesauce (or slow cooker applesauce…if you prefer) gives you the opportunity to have good ol’ fashioned chunky applesauce, if that’s how you roll.  Of course, you can always hit the applesauce with a stick blender or put it in the regular blender if you like it smooth.

Homemade applesauce also gives you the opportunity to add additional flavors or different sweeteners if you prefer.  I don’t add any sugar to mine because I start out using apples that I know are already sweet enough.  But adding different kinds of sugars (palm, dark brown, granulated, vanilla sugar) will give you a slightly different kind of flavor.  You can also throw in a cinnamon stick, or two, if you like that rich flavor.  One of my favorite flavor combinations is cranberries and apples.  I like to amp up the tartness a bit so I throw in fresh cranberries to make a cranberry applesauce.

The cranberry applesauce takes on a deep rosy hue (which is why it looks so dark in the pictures).  The cranberries give the tartness of the apples even more depth.  I wouldn’t call this combo mouth puckering, but I like things a little more on the tart side than the sweet side.  Since you’re making your own crockpot applesauce, you could add a touch of sugar to sweeten it to your liking.

Relationship Advice

How to get your guy to get on the same page as you when it comes to picking up the house.

Wait 12 years…and then keep waiting.

I wish I had a wittier answer for you than that, but the reality just isn’t that witty.

When I first met Craig, I used to call him Anal Andy behind his back (and no, not for that reason).  Everything in his apartment was ‘just so.’ Everything had it’s place and every place had its thing.

Mom, I know you think I was a virgin when I got married, so you might want to avert your eyes from this and just skip to the recipe part of the post (the rest of you can stop laughing now…I was a good Catholic girl 😉 ).  The first time I spent the night at Craig’s apartment is one I will never forget…and one that I bring up whenever the occasion seems right for it.

I went into the bathroom to wash my face and brush my teeth.  So I did my stuff and wiped down the counter and put everything back in its place and sat back down on the couch.  A couple minutes later, Craig is yelling from the bathroom that I need to get in there right now.  No, this wasn’t our first date, but we weren’t dating long enough for him to be yelling at me for, or about, anything.

I walked into the bathroom and asked what was wrong.  He pointed to the towel rack and the hand towel folded and draped over it.  He then asked me if that is the way that I found it.  I replied, “yes it is.”  He grunted at me and adjusted the towel by moving it 1″ to the left (dead center on the bar) and pulled one side of the towel down 1/2″ so that the towel edges were perfectly aligned.  I glared at him and said “you’ve got to be kidding” and walked out.  While yes, it was my first night staying over at his apartment.  It ended up NOT being my first night at his apartment.

Looking back on that event, maybe I overreacted.  Because I haven’t been able to get him to clean up since.

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Recipe: Homemade Crockpot Cranberry Applesauce

Ingredients

  • 4 Pounds (approximately 12) Apples (peeled,cored and quartered)
  • 1 Cup Fresh Cranberries
  • 1/4 Cup Water

Instructions

  1. Add apples and cranberries to crockpot.
  2. Pour water over top of ingredients.
  3. (If adding any sugar or cinnamon…this is when you would do that.)
  4. Place lid on crockpot.
  5. Turn heat to low and cook for 6 hours.
  6. Remove lid and stir up contents. This will break up the apples and cranberries that may still be in large pieces.
  7. Serve as is, or use a stick blender (or regular blender) to smooth out applesauce.

Quick notes

Any kind of apples will work. I use apples that a friend grows at his house. But you can mix and match apples as you like.

Things to add for flavorings are almost endless. Add them after putting the apples and before cooking.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 6 hour(s)

Diet type: Vegan

Diet tags: Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 12

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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11 comments

*Just Fran* November 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I love the combination of cranberries and apples. I also wish that I had a husband who would notice a towel moved 1″. That is my department to be anal about things be just so. 😉 The benefit is that when I am away, I know exactly what he has done because he never puts things back the way that I would have. LOL

Lisa November 10, 2011 at 10:03 am

I have been looking for a good crock pot applesauce recipe online for a few days now and I have just stumbled upon yours. I love the cranberry and apple combo and I think my 9 month old son who I am mostly making this for will enjoy it too. I do however have a question. Do you think it would be ok to use craisins instead of fresh cranberries? We have an abundance of them in this house and I’m trying to find uses for them. Thanks and I think I will be coming here more often for recipes. 🙂

Pamela November 10, 2011 at 11:55 am

Hi Lisa,

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂 Unfortunately, the craisins won’t work so well in this recipe because they won’t break down enough to make the applesauce smooth. But…craisins work really well in cookies (just chop them up and throw them in with your fav chocolate chip cookie recipe or in place of raisins in an oatmeal raisin cookie recipe). I throw dried cranberries on salads because they’re pretty and give the salad some more texture.

If you have any recipe requests, don’t hesitate to e-mail me. I love doing things like that.

Belinda @zomppa November 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm

An extra hour…but so weird for it to get so dark so son! This applesauce is so hearty!

Pamela November 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Yeah, the getting dark thing so early is really the only part I don’t like about it. This applesauce is filling.

Wendy Read - Sunchowder November 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I second that for sleeping the hour–I did too!! Looking forward to meeting you later this week 🙂 Great and simple recipe, just got my first crock pot at 54, I found it at the Goodwill when looking for props! For $6.99, I thought I could not continue to live without it.

Pamela November 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm

At 6.99 you DEFINITELY could not live without a crockpot. I love mine and now I actually have 2 of them.

Bunkycooks November 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Chunky…LOL! I think you did the perfect thing with your extra hour. Forget all that computer stuff. 🙂 BTW, this will be a great addition to holiday dinners.

Pamela November 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Thought you might like that chunky reference. 😉 This may be the easiest side dish on the Thanksgiving Day table.

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