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Easy Crockpot Applesauce For Canning

crockpot applesauce for canning

This easy, two-part recipe for applesauce is one of my favorites for Fall. Apples are incredibly abundant in the Fall and can be collected at a Pick-Your-Own, a local farmer’s market, or, if you’re lucky, your own backyard tree.

In fact, I used this recipe, minus the sugar and cinnamon, to make a large batch of applesauce/homemade baby food for the little one and froze it into ice cubes.

You can make your applesauce following the same recipe in a saucepan on the stove if you’re short on time. However using the crockpot is much easier and you don’t have to worry about watching it to make sure it doesn’t burn. You’ll also make your house smell amazing! Win-win!

Make Your Applesauce

The first step of this process is to make your applesauce.

Ingredients

  • 6 lbs apples
  • 1 cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon to taste
  • 1.5-2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar or honey (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (for canning)

Directions

  1. Peel, core, and roughly chop your apples.
  2. Throw ingredients into a saucepan or crockpot.
  3. For saucepan cooking, simmer until apple chunks simply fall apart. Blend and add back to saucepan for another 10-15 minutes.
  4. For crockpot cooking, cook on low for 8-10 hours, or high for 4-5 hours.

Can Your Applesauce

  1. Add your lemon juice to your applesauce.
  2. Sterilize your jars according to your normal practice.
  3. Add your applesauce to your jars, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace and removing any bubbles. (This recipe will fill roughly 4 pint jars.)
  4. Secure lids.
  5. Process in a hot water bath for 20 minutes.

For free canning printables, check out my post here. No sign up required! I’ve created two quick reference sheets that list out the most common canning goods (salsas, tomatoes, fruit, etc) and the canning times for both Pints and Quarts, boiling water canning and pressure canning. Take a look and share with as many people as you’d like!

For more great Fall-time Apple recipes, check out Herbal Academy’s Harvest Time Apple Recipes.

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Julie

Sunday 8th of October 2017

Where in the recipe do you add the sugar?

Lauren Dibble

Monday 9th of October 2017

Hi Julie! Thanks for pointing that out! You add the sugar when you throw everything into the crockpot. I simply sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over top of my apple chunks and let it go.

Angela

Saturday 30th of September 2017

Can I add additional fruit to thus recipe and still can it or would I need to readjust lemon juice amount for safety purposes?

Rhonda

Thursday 21st of September 2017

My grandchildren love applesauce. I'll be spending the next few weeks canning tomato sauce and salsa. I'll add applesauce to the mix. What kind of apples do you use for the recipe? Also, please share your recipes on my Sunday's Best linkup. Starts every Saturday at 8:00 pm EST. Thanks.

Angela

Wednesday 20th of September 2017

How long would I need to have it in the water bath for quart size jars?

RITA B CALDWELL

Monday 4th of September 2017

Do you ever cook it down and add the spices for apple butter in your crockpot? It's delicious and wonderful on hot biscuits and toast!!

Lauren Dibble

Monday 4th of September 2017

No I haven't, but that's a great idea! I have a bag of local apples sitting on my counter - I'll have to give apple butter a try!