Turn apples into applesauce in the crockpot or stovetop - it's so easy. And homemade applesauce is healthier than store bought and more delicious too!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Linda Warren


  • 4 lbs. apples, about 10 large, pared and cored (I like to use either Honeycrisps or MacIntosh)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar, Honeycrisps are sweeter so use the lesser amount of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, depending on your love of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup water


  1. Prepare apples by paring and coring then slicing. Place in bottom of crockpot. Sprinkle with lemon juice and remaining spices.
  2. Add water, cover, and cook 6 hours on low or 3 hours on high. If you are home, stir once or twice during cooking time.
  3. Allow to cool.
  4. The applesauce will be slightly chunky. If you like your applesauce smooth, place in batches in blender and blend until smooth. Only fill blender half full at a time and repeat until all apples have been pureed.
  5. Place in jars or other sealed container and store in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Stovetop Method: No crockpot, no problem! You can make this on the stove too! Place all ingredients in large pot with cover. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer 20-30 minutes or until apples are tender. Mash with potato masher for a chunkier applesauce or puree in blender for a smoother applesauce. Do not put too much in a blender at one time. Only fill half full and puree in batches.