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Crockpot Pear (or Apple) Sauce

If you offer me free food (pretty much whatever it is) I will take it home and figure out how to cook it.  It’s the budget-er in me that just can’t stand to see food go to waste.  Even if it is one ring of onion from your fast food cheeseburger… I will take it home, freeze it, and chop it up to top a homemade pizza later in the month. :)  It’s just how I roll.

Recipe for Homemade Pear or Apple Sauce in the Crockpot.  So tasty and simple, compared to store-bought!

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So last weekend, when I was gifted with a 10-gallon bucket of pears from my husband’s grandmother (who grows them in her YARD, I might add)… I did a little happy dance, then did some thinking and came up with a few ways to eat them.  I made pear sauce, pear clafouti, and pear muffins.  I’ll be sharing the clafouti recipe with you later.  It is a special recipe that I included in my 2014 Recipe Calendar!

Pear Recipes from Pretty/Hungry Blog - Simple and delicious!

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And boy, were the resulting treats delicious!  I’ve never been one to crave applesauce (or in this case, pear), but there is such a difference when it is homemade vs. store-bough!  Such an addictive treat.  I can’t put my finger on it exactly… other than to say it just has so much MORE flavor.  I actually found myself eating pear sauce for dessert throughout the week, Whaaaaat???

And it couldn’t be simpler to make, so I’m going to share my recipe with you today.

Just grab an assistant to peel while you chop!  You’ll need about 12 pears.  This recipe also works equally well with apples, if that’s what you have on hand.

Easy Crockpot Pear (or Apple) Sauce

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Chop them into small pieces, and toss them into a crockpot along with 3/4 C. water, 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger, 1/4 C. sugar (optional), 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and 1/2 tsp vanilla or maple extract.  (I used maple… YUM!)

Easy Crockpot pear (or apple) sauce!  So much more flavorful than store-bought... I could eat it as dessert!

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Turn the crockpot to High and walk away for however long you want.  (2 hours should be sufficient.  But if your pears are extra crunchy, like these were, it may take up to 4.)

When you come back, they should be soft and will have turned a lovely caramelized shade.

Easy Crockpot Apple (or Pear) Sauce!  Healthier and much more delicious than store-bought!

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They can certainly be eaten like this, delightfully chunky, but if you’d like your pear sauce to be more smooth and traditional, then an immersion blender is a great tool to use!  If you don’t have one of these, a regular blender or food processor will also work.  But I love my immersion blender more than any other kitchen tool because it minimizes my dirty dishes and simplifies my life.  You should totally get yourself one for Christmas!

Homemade Crockpot Applesauce can be made with apples OR pears and is so easy!  And waaayyy more delicious than store-bought :)

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You can blend it as much or as little as you want… so you control the level of chunkiness!

This makes a terrific snack for kiddos, if you have em’.  Even babies love it!  But it is complex enough for the adult palate too… with those hints of lemon, ginger, and cinnamon.  It’s just SO good, I wish I could transfer the taste to you through osmosis from your computer. :)  One can’t imagine it if one has only ever eaten store-bought fruit sauce.  I found myself wanting to sneak a few spoonfuls of this after every meal this week!

Homemade Crockpot Pear Sauce, so easy and SO Heavenly-tasting.

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Have you ever grown your own fruit?  It is something I’ve never ventured into, but I am completely infatuated with the idea of it.  Heading out to the orchard to harvest apples and pears in the Fall just sounds so picturesque, doesn’t it?

I guess having a grandma who grows her fruit is the next best thing.  I’d love to hear all about your fruit trees (whether real or fantasy) in the comments. :)

Homemade Crockpot Pear Sauce Recipe (can be used for apples too!)

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And here’s the printable recipe for ya!

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Crockpot Pear (or Apple) Sauce
 
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This homemade fruit sauce is utterly divine, with hints of ginger and cinnamon. With just a touch of added sugar and no artificial ingredients, it beats the store-bought kind hands-down!
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Serves:: 10-12
Ingredients:
  • -12 pears, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • -3/4 C. water
  • -1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • -1 tsp. ground ginger
  • -1/4 C. sugar
  • -1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • -pinch of salt
  • -1/2 tsp. Maple Extract
Directions:
  1. Toss chopped pears (or apples) in spices, sugar, water, lemon juice, and maple extract to combine. Cook all together in a crock pot on high for 2-4 hrs (until fruit has softened.) Use an immersion blender to blend to your desired consistency.

 

 

21 Responses so far.

  1. Love the idea of using pears! I’ll be on the lookout for a good sale to try this!

  2. Sari says:

    Great recipe! You forgot the water in the ingredient list.

  3. Erin says:

    Thanks for sharing! My in-laws just gave me 18 lbs of pears & I’ve been looking for ways to prepare them.

  4. Trisha Wilbur says:

    I have 2 Asian Pear trees and currently have 2 huge bags of pears sitting on my counter….. am going to make pear sauce tomorrow, lots of it! thank you. I also have an apple tree with 4 varieties of apples, a peach tree, 2 cherry trees and a plum tree. We are in a constant battle with birds and such but do enjoy the fruits of our labor each year.

    • Carissa says:

      This is definitely a great use for all those pears. I hope I get some from our grandparents this year… pear sauce is sounding soooo good right now! Enjoy. :)

  5. Denise says:

    My pear tree is really putting out a lot of pears. I’m going to make some of this! Thanks

  6. Cheryle says:

    Looking forward to trying this! How much lemon juice? Thanks.

  7. Margaret says:

    Is it 1 TBS, or 1tsp Lemon juice?

  8. Charlotte says:

    We visited a friend in West Virginia. Her neighbor has 40 year old pear trees and no longer harvests the fruit. She let us pick. I just put some in the crock pot. I can’t wait.
    I hates to see the pears go to waste on the trees. I might try to check with her earlier next year and organize to go pick and donate to a food bank.

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  11. Lacey says:

    I have some in the crock pot now. I think there’s too much liquid. Should I just drain before blending?

  12. Aimee says:

    I did it! I stood the duration of 4 hrs & my pear sauce is AwEsOmE! Thank you so much! Amish I am not, I did the 12 pears, skinned them, Maple Extract is just toots sweet!!! It took me several hrs….I think WHEN I do it again, I will double the batch. 1 batch made 3 & 1/2 pints. BIG SMILES! Or rather…this will bring big smiles around my family’s table.

  13. Janelle says:

    I made 2 batched today – and will make another tomorrow and can them all!! yay! Thanks for a super easy and super yummy recipe!! I did add a vanilla bean into the mix – not sure it did much, but it smelled wonderful!!

    Thank you!

  14. patty says:

    have been enjoying watching the butterflies gorging themselves on the pears that fell in the last storm. decided they knew what they were doing and took out a huge basket. pulled every one I could reach and they are now slow cooking down to a sauce. I wondered what else to add besides cinnamon and that’s when I found you. :) many thanks for sharing your joy.