2am Crockpot Applesauce

It’s 2:52am and the house already smells heavenly!
I wanted to make apple butter and since I’ve only ever made and canned strawberry jam {once}, I googled around for some recipes. It’s fall and nearing Thanksgiving and apples are abundant to say the least. I wish so badly I had taken advantage of the apple picking of October so the grocery store variety Red Delicious will do this year. Anyway, google surprised me by saying that a good apple butter begins with jarred applesauce. Seriously? My heart was set on the fresh, juicy, and crisp-real apples!!! I decided to make my own 🙂
why not?

Now let me begin by apologizing for how not-so-put-together this post may seem since I’m writing this, for one thing, several days after making the applesauce, and two- I’m on day 6 of being psychotically busy/exhausted.

Ok let’s get to saucin’ those apples!
What I used:
Crockpot- I have a humongous crockpot! I’d guess it’s a 6 quart?? I’m not positive but that sounds right to me.
Apples- I purchased 3, 3lb bags of red delicious. You can use a blend if you’d like to play around with favors, I chose RD because they were the cheapest-haha! …and because they are perfectly sweet & I love the beautiful blush color the skins give the sauce.
Brown Sugar- optional
Lemon Juice
You can most definitely leave out all sugar & spice and it will still turn out nice. Especially if you chose sweet apples! Brynlee & I love cinnamon so that’s why I chose to add them.

First things first…
Because its the middle of the night & I’m still having a mid-twenties-crisis..
Pour yourself some wine!
this is a lovely Cabernet called If You See Kay… get it? get it? lol

side note: someone tell me they can relate! … I remember the first weeks when we brought miss bryn home from the hospital.. we’d go to bed so early {let’s not kid, I was on her schedule so I was never ‘going to bed’} but anyway-I’d wake up every hour or two to feed her and it would be 1am and I would sit there with this beautiful newborn attached to my boob and I would just get lost thinking about how absurd & surreal it felt with this baby attached to my boob, while all my friends were at the bar… crazy sauce..

Rinse your apples!
Chop them up!

If you’d prefer to save yourself from having to sieve at the end, you can peel them prior to putting them in the crockpot. I don’t have a peeler plus I like the color the skins produce, so I left mine on.

Toss in crockpot.

My crockpot held 3 apples shy of 3lbs. About 25 apples.

{EDIT 9.2014: I now have a nifty contraption that peels, slices, and cores! This is WAY easier than the chopping and sieve method. I highly recommended investing in one!}

Next add in your sugar & spice & everything nice.

1cup of water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
{let me get real with you for a minute- I never measure anything! ever. A sprinkle here, a dash there… always turns out delicious! So think about what you like and add it!}

Never realized how gross my crockpot was {or wall for that matter}, until I took this picture.. don’t judge.

Cook on low for 4-6 hours. I left mine in for 7 and it was fine. This is what I woke up to…

Give it a stir!

If you peeled the apples, simply mash to your preferred chunky-ness, if you like it smooth, sieve or purée.
If you left them on, you need to sieve. I spooned mine in the sieve a couple cups at a time and smooshed it through with a large spoon.


Every once in a while I’d take a separate spoon {you don’t want any skins getting in the sauce} and scrape the bottom of the sieve off to help things along.

Mash through until your left with only

Repeat until your left with a beautiful applesauce!

ENJOY! 💋Leanna

I’ll update and link a ‘how to’ on canning. Also, an apple butter recipe from this sauce, strawberry jam, & cranberry sauce!



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