It is harvest time for apples, as well as pears and other fruit. This recipe is for making homemade applesauce in the crock-pot, but it can be adapted to many different fruits. For example, my wife and I love pearsauce, especially with some pork. I would also suggest purchasing a hand crank apple peeler/slicer/corer as it will make the process much easier and faster.
- 6 Medium sized apples
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1 tbsp. Cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. Sugar
- 1/2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract – imitation is just that, imitation
- Peel, slice and core the apples (make sure to peel. I once tried to leave it on to “make it chunky” and it did not work out. LOL).
- Put the apples in the crock-pot.
- Pour the water, cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar over the top of the apples.
- Cover crock-pot and cook on low for about 4 hours, stirring every couple of hours. (If you doubled the recipe, like I did, then you may want cook it up to 5 hours)
- Lastly, either mash up with a potato masher or toss in the blender until it reaches the desired consistency.
*TIP : When the applesauce is finishing up in the crock-pot, get the water bath or pressure canner ready. The applesauce will already be hot so this way you won’t have to heat it twice.