Prep 25 mins
Cook 3 hrs
This is our family's favorite applesauce. I found the recipe over 20 years ago when I was looking for something to make in the crock pot that I received as a wedding gift.
- 4 lbs tart apples, cored and sliced thin
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Mix apples (about 12 cups) with cinnamon and sugar and put into crock pot.
- Pour water and lemon juice over apples. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
I was looking for a new recipe for making applesauce that involves using a crockpot. The way I normally make it is in a regular pot, but I wanted to double the recipe and I wanted to use a new recipe. This one is actually a lot better than the way I made it before. It's nice and thick, which kind of surprised me because I thought there's no way it's going to be thick with all this water in there, but it was really thick LOL. This used 5 pint jars. Actually, 1 jar was not completely full, but I was going to put one in the refrigerator for us to use anyway.
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. I love this recipe and have made it a couple of times since discovering it! You can use any apples, so get whatever's on sale. I subbed Stevia for the sugar, but be careful if the apples are sweet already. You won't need as much sweetener. This applesauce also freezes well in portions and is a great topping to pancakes!
We made this for Thanksgiving breakfast with Macintosh apples and added double the cinnamon. Super easy with an apple peeler/corer/slicer. We'll be making again soon!