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Crock Pot Applesauce

Updated on August 4, 2012
Processed Jar of Crock Pot Applesauce
Processed Jar of Crock Pot Applesauce
5 stars from 1 rating of Crock Pot Applesauce

This recipe has become a huge sucess. I've shared it with many, many friends and it's so well loved, not to mention super easy!

My kids love applesauce. I hated buying it and knew there had to be an easy way. It can be adapted so easily as well. I've found it's best if you use at least 2 different varieties of apple, the more the better, making the flavor more complex. Mixing in different fruits is also a great way to change up this recipe. Peaches, Pears, Strawberries or Pineapple are all great additions!

So you started your applesauce then forgot about it. No worries, it becomes a rich and caramelly Apple Butter!!! Just continue to cook until it reaches that dark color, be sure to stir it frequently.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours 15 min
Yields: about 6 pint jars


  • 18-24 apples, chopped
  • 5 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 lemon zest, peeling
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  1. Peel and chop apples. Number of apples needed will depend on your crock. I used a 3 quart crock pot and it took about 18 small apples.
  2. Place all other ingredients on top of apples. Cover with lid and set crock pot to low. Stirring every hour or two.
  3. Use a whisk to help break down apples once they begin to soften. This should take about 4 to 6 hours.
  4. Once desired consitency is reached, spoon into sterilzed jars. Jars can be processed in a water bath according to your elevation or can be frozen. Unprocessed sauce should be refridgerated and used within 3 weeks.


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    • Late2class profile image

      Late2class 5 years ago from Troy, IL

      Thanks so much for the kind words. My son loves to eat applesauce, and I love that I can control whats inside! I have made this with combinations of different fruits myself. Peach, pear and apple was great. I would think pineapple, cherry or strawberries would be great as well.

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      Hendrika 5 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      This is exactly the recipe I have been looking for. I am going to try it with extra fruit to see how it tastes.

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      geminitrudy 5 years ago

      This sounds great! My son is very sensitive to sugar so I will leave out the brown sugar in this recipe. I already have a slow cooker and I make fruit roll ups with applesauce as a base (because I love the results) in my dehydrator. Now I can make it myself instead of buying it all the time! Thanks for sharing and here's a vote up!