I’m (not) a bad apple and I’m making applesauce.

When life gives you bad apples, make applesauce.

I’m not really a bad apple, but after yesterday’s post on cussing I’m feeling a little feisty.  I also wanted to post something safe and non-controversial.

Mr Picky likes applesauce almost as much as he hates peas.  He loves the GoGo SqueeZ Applesauce
variety and thinks they are named for him.  And I buy plenty of those.  (affiliate link on the applesauce, not a bad price on them)

When I find apples in the bargain bin (or when I buy bad apples), I make my own.

crockpot applesauce

Honestly, I can’t write about applesauce without a movie reference.

Batman: “What goes up white, and comes down yellow and white?”

Robin: An egg!

Batman: “How do you divide seventeen apples among sixteen people?”

Robin: Make applesauce!

Batman: Apples into applesauce; a unification into one smooth mixture. An egg: nature’s perfect container the container of all our hopes for the future!

Robin: A unification and a container of hope? United World Organization!

Batman: Precisely, Robin!

Sorry, I couldn’t resist a reference to one of the best cheesy movies of all times.  It’s from the 1966 Batman movie — a favorite at my house. (also an affiliate link.  you can rent it for 2.99 on Amazon)

When life gives you bad apples, make applesauceThe recipe for applesauce is super easy.

It pretty much goes:

  1. Get some apples and remove the parts you don’t want to eat.
  2. Put them in the crockpot.  Add a splash of apple juice if they were bad apples.
  3. Add a squeeze of lemon juice if you think about it.
  4. Cook the snot out of them until they are mushy.
  5. Grab your boat motor (immersion blender) and make it mushy.
  6. Freeze in convenient sizes.

Applesauce in pictures

Start with some bad apples.  Or good ones.  If you have an access to an apple tree that would be a bonus.  I’m making this batch with a bargain bin selection.  I paid a dollar for all of these.
cheap apples for applesauce

This is  NOT the kind of bad apple I am talking about.

this is NOT a bad apple

I am NOT a bad apple. I’m just picky.

You can see that the apples are just roughly chopped up, nothing fancy. It’s a mix of red and green/yellow apples based on what was in the refrigerator. Definitely nothing fancy.  I removed the seeds (and stickers) but left everything else).

chop up your apples for applesauce

In the next photo, you can see that the apples have cooked down.  Notice how the red apple skins have turned very pale yellowish pink and the green/yellow skins are almost invisible?  That’s a clear sign that the apples are almost done.

Notice the lack of browned apple (ewww)?  That’s the tiny bit of lemon juice I squeezed on the top of the apples when I dropped them in the pan.

cooked down apples for applesauce

In the last photo, I’ve just finished using my immersion blender.  It looks pretty much like the stuff you’d buy at the store.  I’m not sure if it was because of the apple juice or just good luck, but this batch was actually really really sweet without anything added.

blended apples equal applesauce

The kids enjoyed it immensely.  When I ate it warm, I instantly thought about some crispy salty oniony potato pancakes with some cool and creamy sour cream and sweet apple sauce.  MMMMMMM…..

four cups of applesauce from a dollars worth of apples

I love the way my house smells when I make this.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy apples?   Can I get a high five for making over four cups of apple sauce for a dollar?

Crockpot Applesauce
Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 5 cups
  • 12 apples
  • lemon juice (optional)
  • apple juice (optional)
  1. Get some apples and remove the parts you don't want to eat.
  2. Put them in the crockpot. Add a splash of apple juice if they were bad apples.
  3. Add a squeeze of lemon juice if you think about it.
  4. Cook the snot out of them until they are mushy.
  5. Grab your boat motor (immersion blender) and make it mushy.
  6. Freeze in convenient sizes.

easy crockpot applesauce

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. WOOOHOOO MOM way to go. I love making super quick apple crisp, but not a fan of apple pie…to much dough for me.
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  2. That is awesome. I have never made apple sauce before. I’ll bet it smells wonderful. Also, I will never use my immersion blender again without thinking boat motor. 🙂
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    • It is super easy. Until I did it, it sounded intimidating and complicated. Once I did it, I realized it is easy and frugal. When I buy a bag of apples that goes mealy, I don’t get upset anymore. I just make applesauce.

      And um…. sorry about the boat motor thing.

  3. I just saw a similar recipe on Pinterest, maybe it was yours, it looks great! I really enjoy your blog, and I was nominated this week for a Liebster Award and I got to nominate 10 bloggers I enjoy, so I nominated you. I think there are a couple of curse words in my post…maybe. 🙂
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    • Thank you so much for thinking of me. I appreciate it.

      And… how could you write about Gary Busey and NOT use a curse word? At least an implied one…. 🙂

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