crockpot applesauce

When I was still teaching one of my favorite things to do with my kindergarteners was making crockpot applesauce. I loved how excited the kids would get over pouring their chopped apples into the pot and how amazing it made my classroom smell. So when my husband brought back a bag full of apples from his aunt’s house I knew there was some crockpot applesauce to be made!

Crockpot Applesauce:
12 peeled and chopped apples
1/4 cup water
Cook for 2-3 hours on high
Mash with hand masher or puree with food processor or blender
Possible seasonings: cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, allspice

One of the best things about this applesauce is that it doesn’t matter what kind of apples you use or even really how many you use just fill up your crockpot. I use whatever I have on hand. When I taught kindergarten, every child brought their favorite kind of apple. We would weight the apples, make a graph to find out which kind of apple was the class favorite, and then make applesauce. Ahhh….the kindergarten days!
While it cooks, I stir it occasionally just so everything cooks evenly but I don’t think you actually need to do that. I just like to “help”. I typically only sprinkle in some cinnamon to taste and never any sugar unless I have super tart apples. My boys prefer it when I puree it because it’s more like your typical store bought applesauce. I have to admit that I really like it a bit more rustic so I usually set a bowl aside before I toss it all in the food processor. Yesterday, I was a little adventurous and added pears since we had those too. I had never done that before and it was delish!
You have to make some this fall! Your house will smell heavenly!

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