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Slow Cooker Opal Applesauce

This set it and forget it slow-cooker applesauce made with opal apples is simple and delicious - and the perfect accompaniment to Hanukkah latkes.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Refrigeration Time4 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Ashkenazi, British, German
Keyword: apple sauce, applesauce, crockpot, hanukkah, homemade, opal apple, slow cooker
Servings: 32 ounces
Author: The Elegant Economist


  • 4 pounds opal apples (1.8kg - about ten medium sized apples)
  • 1 cup water (235ml)
  • juice of one lemon
  • ½ cup granulated sugar (100g)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch fine sea salt


  • In the pot of your slow cooker / crockpot place the water, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Peel, core, and chop your apples. Add to the slow cooker and cover. Set to low for at least 6 hours (I cook for 8).
  • After the apples have cooked, use a potato masher to puree the mixture into a chunky applesauce. If you prefer smooth, you can blend using a food processor or blender.
  • Refrigerate for at least four hours before serving.


You can freeze this applesauce in an airtight container for up to 3 months.