This sweet and flavorful-packed Crockpot Persimmon Applesauce is a perfect side dish or snack no matter what season. It tastes delicious warmed up in the winter and is sweet and refreshing when enjoyed chilled in the summer. It's a must try!
Until I made this Crockpot Persimmon Applesauce, I held a grudge against my crockpot. I never cooked much with crockpots as a single, mainly because I didn't own one, but was so excited to start experimenting after Brett and I got married.
The first few recipes I tried making in my crockpot were fails, but after some trial and error, this Crockpot Persimmon Applesauce was my first winning crockpot recipe! We still love this crockpot applesauce to this day!
Crockpot applesauce is delicious on its own, but try adding some persimmons to the mix for a fun, unique flavor.
This crockpot persimmon applesauce is easy to make and tastes delicious both hot and cold depending on what season you're in!
Let me show you how to make it.
Ingredients for Crockpot Persimmon Applesauce
Excluding water, this crockpot applesauce recipe requires just 4 ingredients!
*If you don't have fuyu persimmons available nearby, you can just use two more apples.
What Are Fuyu Persimmons?
I had actually never eaten a persimmon until I moved to New York back in 2014.
I don't even think I'd ever seen one until the Asian Mart across my street started selling them.
If you've never tried a persimmon, you really need to!
While there are a number of different varieties of persimmons, however I recommend using Fuyu persimmons in this recipe.
Fuyu persimmons are short and wide and have a similar texture to apples, but are slightly creamier.
If you're eating them on their own you can either eat them as you would an apple or peel and cut them.
Apples and fuyu persimmons pair beautifully in this recipe and give this crockpot applesauce such a unique and vibrant orange color!
What are the Best Apples for Homemade Applesauce?
You can really use whatever apples you desire when making homemade applesauce.
Some options are listed below:
- Golden Delicious
- Honey Crisp
I recommend using the apples that you enjoy eating the most on their own.
Personally, I love Fuji Apples! So that is the variety of apple I used in this recipe.
How to Make Crockpot Applesauce
It's so easy to make crockpot applesauce and you don't even need to add any sugar!
The apples, and persimmons in this case, are sweet enough on their own!
To make crockpot applesauce, start by peeling, coring and thinly slicing the apples and, if using, persimmons.
Cover the crockpot and set the temperature to high. Let everything cook for 3-6 hours, depending on the strength of your crockpot!
If you have a stronger crockpot, be sure to check the fruit after 3 hours to keep it from burning.
Once the fruit has become super sweet and soft, mash the fruit with a potato masher until it reaches your desired consistency.
For a completely smooth homemade applesauce, you can also puree the applesauce with an immersion blender.
How Long Does Homemade Applesauce Last?
Since this homemade crockpot applesauce doesn't have any preservatives in it, other than the lemon juice, It will probably only last for up to a week in the fridge.
Allow the applesauce to cool before transferring it to a sealable jar and storing it in the fridge.
Towards the end of the week, if you still have some applesauce leftover, be sure to smell it and check it for mold before enjoying it!
Can You Freeze Applesauce?
Yes! You can freeze homemade applesauce.
Since applesauce doesn't contain any dairy, it freezes well for a long period of time.
Frozen applesauce lasts for months when frozen properly.
- Allow your homemade applesauce to cool.
- Transferring the cooled applesauce to freezer-safe zip-lock bags or jars.
- If using bags, squeeze out any excess air and seal the bag tightly.
- Label your bags with the name and date so you don't forget what's inside!
- Freeze the applesauce for up to three months!
How to Thaw Homemade Applesauce
You can thaw frozen applesauce by placing it in the fridge overnight.
If you need it thawed faster, you can speed up the process by placing the bag of applesauce into a bowl of cool water.
Best Uses for Applesauce
There are so many different ways to enjoy homemade applesauce.
I'll list out my favorite ways to use applesauce below:
- As an oil substitution for whole-food baking
- As a jam/jelly on peanut butter sandwiches
- In smoothies for sweetness
- Warmed up for an ice cream sundae topping
- As a cheese board accoutrement
- In applesauce cookies or Applesauce Quick Bread
- Stirred into oatmeal
Let me know if you try out this unique and delicious Crockpot Persimmon Applesauce!
I know you guys will love it!
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Crockpot Persimmon Applesauce Recipe
- 6 medium apples I used Fuji
- 4 fuyu persimmons*
- Juice of one lemon
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup water
- Peel, core and thinly slice the apples and persimmons.
- Place them in your crockpot and add in the lemon juice, vanilla extract and water. Cover your crockpot and set the temp to high. Let everything cook for 3-6 hours** (depending on the strength of your crockpot).
- Once the cooking time is up, mash the fruit with a potato masher until your desired consistency.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.