Making Homemade Applesauce

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homemade applesauceMaking homemade applesauce is as easy as peeling apples and putting them in a pot!  Start by peeling and cutting out the cores.  Slice into small pieces and throw them in a large pot, or a small pot depending on how many apples you are using.

Cover the pot with a lid and place on medium low heat until the apples start to soften.  Some people place a small amount of water in the pot to get the apples started cooking.  I never do.  I just let the moisture from the apples slowly cook out and form their own liquid.  Only once has this resulted in burning and sticking the apples and that was because I was trying to rush them along and turned the stove up to medium high instead of medium low.  As long as the stove is not too high, no added water is necessary.  But if you feel more comfortable adding water, by all means add a fourth to a half a cup.

Edited to note: It worked fine not to add water when the apples were nice and fresh.  However, I made some later batches of applesauce with apples that we had stored for over three months and the apples were much drier.  If the apples have been stored so long that they are starting to shrivel a bit, you should add at least a fourth a cup of water, maybe a half a cup.

 

Once the apples start to soften, mash them with a masher.  If they aren’t soft enough, place the lid back on them until they are.  When the apples are soft enough to mash, leave the lid off so the liquid can evaporate.  Periodically stir and mash until they are as fine as you can get them with a masher.

At that point, they are usually done for me.  However, if you added extra water, they might need a little longer cooking for the extra liquid to evaporate.  We make our applesauce un-sweetened, but if you prefer yours sweetened, add honey or sugar to taste.  We do not mind them coarsely mashed, but if you want a smoother applesauce, just place them in the blender.

Saving empty plastic peanut butter jars to freeze the applesauce works well.  Once the applesauce as cooled, it can be spooned into the jars.  Do not fill all the way.  There needs to be about a half an inch for expansion as it freezes.

Making applesauce is about easier than it was to write this post.  I hope you will try it!

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Homemade Applesauce

Homemade applesauce is as easy as pealing apples!

Ingredients

  • Apples

Instructions

  1. Core and peal apples.  Chop or slice apples into small pieces and place in a pot.

  2. Cover the pot with a lid and place on medium low heat until the apples start to soften.

  3. Once the apples start to soften, mash them with a masher. If they aren’t soft enough, place the lid back on them until they are. When the apples are soft enough to mash, leave the lid off so the liquid can evaporate. Periodically stir and mash until they are as fine as you can get them with a masher.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to add about 1/4 of an inch of water to the pot if it makes you more comfortable about the apples not sticking.

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