Recipe: Crockpot Applesauce (Cost Breakdown Included)

So I have had quite a few apples around the last two months with my Azure Standard orders and decided I would make some applesauce.  It really does take quite a bit of time to peel apples so I decided I would try to wash them well and leave the peels on.  It worked out really well and my children loved the taste and texture!  It was so easy this way, I just stirred it every once and a while.

  • I started with about 4-5 lbs (20 small to medium sized apples)
  • I washed, cored and then cut out any brushing.  (I did not treat these for discoloring since they were going to be dark anyway with the cinnamon and peels.)
  • I filled my crockpot with the apples and then added about a cup of water and sprinkled generously with cinnamon.  (You can also add sugar if you wish).
  • I tossed the apples to coat and then turned the crockpot on high.  I stirred them occasionally but let them cook about 6 hours until quite tender.
  • I then used my food processor to to “mash” the apples (not really) for about 30-45 seconds.
  • I then filled my pint jars and processed them in a hot water canner for 25 minutes.

This made 4 pints which are a perfect size for my family.  (On the left is the applesauce, on the right is the apple pie filling we made and I will share that later).  We will be making many more batches in the next few weeks.

Cost breakdown:
5lbs of organic Apple Seconds @ $.50lb = $2.50 from Azure Standard
Organic Cinnamon = $.30 approximately
Total Cost = $2.80 or $.70 a pint (2 cups)

You can’t beat that for homemade applesauce!  Not to mention it makes the house smell great on a cool day!

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