I love apple season. Biting into a crisp flavorful apple, baking yummy desserts, freezing them for later. It’s also a great time to go to the orchard and pick vast quantities or order several 20 pound boxes for a great price.
Then you have to decide what to do with them.
I recently bought 60 pounds of apples. A decent amount for the 3 people in our family who eat. Crock Pot Applesauce is the perfect thing to do with the apple that don’t look so great. Maybe those at the bottom of the box that are all bruised and getting soft or the ones with lots of worm holes.
Make a ton of it and freeze or can it. I don’t have a canner (or know how to can) so I use the freezer method.
Get out your Crock Pot. I used my 6 quart one. Peel, quarter, and core enough apples to fill the Crock Pot to the brim. (My lid barely fit.) This is the time consuming part. Maybe put a movie in while you work (or if you have kids old enough, have them help). Rinse in a colander and then cook on low 4-5 hours, stirring 3-4 time. When the apple are extremely soft and fall apart when you are cooking them, it’s done! Grab a potato masher and smash away.
To freeze, let the applesauce cool. I found it easiest to freeze in individual sized servings. Pull out your muffin tin, fill and place in the freezer. When frozen remove from the freezer several minutes and carefully remove the frozen applesauce by sliding a knife between the tin and sauce (if it doesn’t come right out, let sit a few minutes longer). If you have silicone muffin cups or pans this would be a perfect way to use them. The frozen applesauce would pop out no problem! (Affiliate link) Place in a gallon size freezer bag and return to the freezer.
That’s it. Talk about easy. Perfect for eating or baking!
- Crock Pot
- Peel, quarter and core the apples.
- Place in a colander and rinse.
- Fill Crock Pot to the brim with apples.
- Cook on low for 4-5 hours. Stir 3-4 times.
- It's done when the apples are totally soft and completely fall apart when you stir.
- Mash with a potato masher.
- Scoop into muffin tins and freeze. Once frozen let muffin tin sit on counter several minutes. Use a knife and carefully remove the applesauce and place in a resealable gallon bag.
- Keep in freezer.
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