This applesauce is so much better than anything you can buy in the store, and it's really simple to make. Definitely a win-win.
I incorporated a few of the suggestions some of the reviewers mentioned - using apple juice instead of the water, and adding some vanilla. I thought it turned out really good. Another reviewer suggested adding more cinnamon, but I stuck with the original 1/2 tsp. because I used another recipe for crock pot applesauce several years ago, and it was really cinnamony. I figured I'd rather have the flavor of the apples shine through.
I cooked mine on high, and stirred it occasionally, about once every hour. I also cooked it probably 4 hours and then let it cook another hour with the lid slightly cracked to let some of the liquid cook off. Cooking times can vary depending on the type of apples you use. I'm not sure what kind of apples I used because I got them off my neighbors' tree. All I know is that they're fairly tart and they hold together pretty well when cooked. That's great for apple pie, but it does take a bit more cooking (and stirring) for applesauce. The good part about cooking the apples in the crock pot is that it doesn't really matter. You can cook them as long as you want, and you don't need to keep a close eye on the pot.
We're really enjoying this. It's great when it's fresh and warm straight out of the crock pot, and it's good cold, too. Definitely give it a try.