So here is phase 1 – making homemade crockpot applesauce! Seriously this is extremely easy and only takes a few minutes. Your crockpot does all the work for you! And you can personalize it your taste – if you like intense, spiced applesauce you can make that, if you like plain applesauce, you can make it like that.
I usually use a variety of apples. If you are planning on making apple butter from your applesauce a variety of apples really helps the taste. If you are just making applesauce you can use one variety of apples or mix them. For this batch I used mostly Honeycrisp, with some Granny Smith and Golden Delicious mixed in.
Wash and core the apples. I don’t peel the apples but just use a corer/slicer like this….
And fill up my crockpot with apple slices.
Then add your spices. This is totally up to you on how intense you want your applesauce. I typically just sprinkle it on but if I had to determine amounts I would say 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. cloves, 1 tsp. apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice. I also added 1/2 cup of water and a 1 TBSP. of lemon juice. You can also add sugar if you want – no more than 1/2 cup. Once the apples cook down they were will be sweet just by themselves so I don’t add any sugar to mine.
Let cook on high 3-4 hours or 6-8 hours on low.
Then you need to puree your cooked apples. You can either mash them by hand using a potato masher, transfer them to a blender, mix them with a hand mixer, or I love to use this immersion blender.
Blend or mash them to your desired consistency. If you like your applesauce chunky, then don’t blend it all the way.
If you are wanting to make apple butter from your applesauce, I would suggest blending your applesauce until smooth.
Enjoy your homemade applesauce – it is wonderful warm!
You can continue to cook this down to make apple butter – I will try to blog that recipe and method in a future post.