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Homemade Applesauce Recipe

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


  1. 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).
  2. Put the apples in the crock-pot.
  3. Pour the water, cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar over the top of the apples.
  4. 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)
  5. Lastly, either mash up with a potato masher or toss in the blender until it reaches the desired consistency.
  6. ENJOY!
*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.
Homemade Apple Sauce made with apples from a local orchard
Homemade Applesauce made with apples from a local orchard



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Roswell Crutchfield is a writer from Georgia where he lives with his wife at their suburban homestead. He is the webmaster at MakingAHomestead.com, a moderator on The Survival Podcast Forum and Instructor for Project Appleseed. He enjoys writing, reading, cooking, hunting, shooting, camping, hiking, gardening, and spending time with his wife and pets.

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  1. How much applesauce does this yield?

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