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Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce

Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce
Messiness: Medium
Age Range: 3y - 9y
Estimated Time: 2+ hours

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Tina Pearson
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We love fall because it's the perfect time to take advantage of delicious, organic apples. My little chefs couldn't wait to try out this activity after our trip to the apple orchard. They had so much fun seeing exactly what steps go into making one of their favorite snack!

What You'll Need

How We Did It

Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce
Gather all materials. I also used two extra bowls to help the kids keep track of their apples.
Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce

We all washed our hands and washed the apples. Then I used my Pampered Chef slicer to slice and core the apples. (An apple slicer's not necessary, but it definitely makes the job easier!) I also peeled off the skins. This took some extra time, but it was worth it to prep the apples for the younger kids.

Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce

Once the sliced apples were in a bowl, we got to work cutting the slices into chunks. We found that putting one hand over the plastic knife and pushing down was the easiest way to make sure that the little ones didn't hurt their fingers. My 19-month-old wanted in on the fun as well, so we got some apple slices and a spreader to "cut" with.

Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce

Then, we added all the apples to the Crock-Pot. The kids had fun pouring in the water, cinnamon, and sugar. In our house, it's important that each child get to pour something into a recipe. Sometimes this means that we add ingredients 1/4 cup at a time, but it's worth it to keep the peace!

Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce

Before plugging in the Crock-Pot, the kids took turns stirring the mixture with a wooden spoon to make sure that the apples were all covered.

Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce

We cooked the apples on "high" for 3 hours.We checked in on the apples twice and mashed the mixture down with a potato masher. (My older kids did this because the mixture was very hot and I didn't want to take chances with little ones getting burned.)

Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce

After 3 hours, we turned the crock-pot to "low" and continued cooking for another 2 hours. We periodically returned to mash the apples some more. The kids liked watching the apples change from their chunky form to the smooth applesauce texture. We loved how it made the whole house smell like apples and cinnamon!

That night, we had warm applesauce for dessert and the kids proudly packed it in their lunchboxes the next day! I call that a successful project!

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Just made this with my 4.5 and 2.5 year olds. They loved helping!

posted by: Kristin on 11.11.2013

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My child and I completed Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce. My 3.5 yr old loved doing this. I have the Pampered Chef Apple Peeler that clamps to the counter and she had a ton of fun peeling the apples too :) Delicious and easy.

posted by: Trinity on 7.30.2013

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I can't wait to make this with all the apples I purchased at the farmer's market!

posted by: Jillian on 11.13.2012

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My family and I completed Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce. So delicious!

posted by: Maggie on 11.7.2012

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