How to Freeze Apples for Apple Sauce

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Freeze Apples for Apple Sauce

I love to Freeze Apple Sauce. It’s a great way to save money and have tasty applesauce long after Fall. Make sure to take a look at my Recipe for Homemade Applesauce in the Slow Cooker. It’s super easy and you can make plenty to add to your freezer.

Freeze Apples for Apple Sauce:

Freezing –

  • First, Cook apples using the directions found here.
  • Use freezer bags, rigid plastic containers or freezer safe glass jars to freeze your applesauce.
  • Leave 1-inch of headspace for quart size or 1/2-inch headspace for pint size containers.
  • Allow to cool completely before freezing.
  • Can freeze at 0°F for up to 12 months assuming your container is airtight.

Thawing –
For best results, thaw in the refrigerator.

Tip –
If you like to bake, freeze in 1/4 cup portions to substitute for oil. While you could substitute the full amount of oil for applesauce, it is advised that you limit the substitution to 1/4 cup. Most cookbooks also advise having some oil to improve the texture of your product.

As you can see, it’s easy to Freeze Apples for Apple Sauce.  My kiddos even think it tastes better than store bought!

Looking for more Apple Recipes?  See my Homemade Apple Pie Filling Recipe!

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Recipe for Homemade Applesauce in the Slow Cooker

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Recipe for Homemade Applesauce in the Slow Cooker

Apples are plentiful this time of year, so take advantage of picking at your local farms and shopping grocery store sales.  Check out this easy recipe for Homemade Applesauce in the Slow Cooker for a healthy and budget friendly treat.  I love recipes that I can set and walk away!

Bonus – your house will smell amazing all day :)


15 – 25 Apples Peeled, Cored and Sliced*
3/4 Cup Water
1 tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Cinnamon Stick (optional)**
1/4 – 1/2 Cup Sugar (optional)

*Number of apples will be dependent on size of apples.
**You could substitute 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon for the Cinnamon Stick or eliminate

Core Apples


  1. Put all ingredients into slow cooker except for the sugar.  I like to wait until after cooking to see if the applesauce needs added sugar.  If you purchase sweeter apples, you may not even need to add sugar as it will be naturally sweet.  If you have tart apples such as Granny Smith, you will likely need to add a bit of sugar.
  2. Slow Cooker should be about 3/4 full.

crock pot apple sauce

  1. Cook on low about 6 hours.  If you’re not using an Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer, you will need to increase your cooking time to accomidate chunky apple pieces.
  2. Remove and discard cinnamon stick.
  3. Mash with a potato masher for chunkier applesauce or blend for a smoother applesauce.

This will last in the refrigerator for about a week.

Note:  If you have a small slow cooker, use 6 -10 apples and reduce water to about 1/2 cup.

Homemade Applesauce Recipe

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Make sure to also see my Apple Pie Recipe with Homemade Pie Crust!