The pretty apples I saw at the orchard inspired me to try making crockpot applesauce. It was my first time making it in the crockpot. I looked online for recipes and hints and saw that some people don’t peel the apples, so that was what I tried. I washed, and cored the apples, added lots of cinnamon and cooked them in the crockpot until they were the consistency I liked, not too smooth, I like chunky applesauce. If you want to add sugar, go ahead and add that now too. I used honey, just a little. One of the perks of making your own is that you can add as much sweetener as you like.
After mashing the apples with a potato masher I had to pick out the skins. The bits with skins still clinging to them I pressed through a sieve to finish the process. I decided to try making more applesauce with cored and peeled apples. So much easier, at least I thought so. It takes more time to peel the apples but it’s worth it, I know that’s not what everyone thinks but it’s what works for me.
I ended up with some beautiful, chunky applesauce. The cinnamon tasted so yummy. I like lots of cinnamon!
You can add cloves, allspice or nutmeg or whatever you like to make your applesauce extra good.
I used the potato masher to smash the apples and pressed them through a sieve to get out the last bit of skin. Next I made apple butter and used my new toy, a hand held blender.
I made apple butter the same way, loaded the crockpot with peeled and cored apples, lots of cinnamon and a little brown sugar. I left it cook on high for about 6 hours, then mashed the apples and turned it on low overnight. It depends on your crockpot, if you want to cook them overnight, you don’t want to burn your apples. In the morning this is what was left. A beautiful caramel colored apple butter.
But, this is what I got, 3 measly jars from a crockpot filled to the brim with apples. It is so good though! Maybe the best I’ve ever had, but wow…. only three jars! I’m treating it like gold and have it stashed away in our safe. The combination is top secret! I’m not sharing!
I love apple butter on toast or bagels. It’s great with cottage cheese too. Do you have any hints to share on making crockpot apple butter or sauce?
Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))