Welcome friends, to a delightful journey into the world of applesauce! Today, we're going to share a simple recipe that will have you savoring the sweet and tangy flavors of homemade applesauce in no time and have you wondering why you haven’t done this before.. Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy!
To make this scrumptious treat, you'll only need two things: a trusty crockpot (we use a 6 quart sized one) and roughly 5-6 lbs of apples (you may need more or less depending on the size of your crockpot). Don't worry, you can easily find these apples at your local grocery store or, for a more adventurous experience, head to a nearby farmers market or apple tree farm during the fall season. We recommend using a mixed combo of at least two apple varieties to add a burst of flavors to your applesauce. (Pro tip: Avoid using red delicious apples as they don't yield the best results in this recipe. We've tried it, and trust us, there are better options out there!)
- Slice up your apples or use an apple slicer to make your life easier. We like to rough chunk them into somewhat uniform pieces; the smaller the pieces the more apples you’ll fit.
- Place all the apple slices into your crockpot, pop the lid on, and set the temperature to high for about 6 hours - you will notice the apples have reduced quite a bit. Watch as the magic unfolds and your apples slowly cook down into a luscious mixture.
Once the cooking time is up, it's time to give your applesauce that perfect texture. Grab a masher and gently mash up the cooked apples to your desired consistency. And voila! Your homemade applesauce is ready to be enjoyed. We prefer to use an immersion blender for the efficiency of larger batches.
To keep your applesauce fresh and delicious and easy for on the go, we recommend pouching it in reusable pouches and storing them in the fridge for up to a week. Alternatively, you can freeze the pouches for longer-term storage. Whether you're packing a snack for the little ones or treating yourself to a delightful treat, this homemade applesauce is perfect for all ages. It is just the right amount of sweetness without all of the added fillers you may find at the store. Just remember to allow the applesauce to cool slightly before placing it into the pouches or any other container.
Congratulations, you've just unlocked the secret to creating your very own batch of mouthwatering homemade applesauce! With just a crockpot, a variety of apples, and a little bit of time, you can indulge in a snack that's both healthy and irresistibly delicious. So, gather your ingredients, put on your apron, and let the apple-sauce-ment begin! Happy cooking!