I enjoy pumpkin season, but I LOVE apple season. Right now my diet is limited, but my guys still need to eat. And they like applesauce.
Applesauce is so easy to make. You don’t need any special equipment or ingredients. The very minimum you need is apples, a knife, and a large pot. Even easier…you can use a crockpot. Tastes so much better than the stuff you buy from the store, and it is much cheaper as well.
To make the applesauce, start with your favorite apples. Courtland apples are one of my favorites for applesauce and available here locally in bulk. You can use Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp or you can use a mix of what you have available.
Peel, core, and quarter your apples. Use as few or as many as you like, but you can start with about a dozen. As you cut, drop your apple quarters in a bowl of cold water with a couple tablespoons of lemon juice to keep them from browning. Drain the apples and place into crockpot with about a half cup of water. Cook on high for three to four hours or on low seven to eight hours (or overnight) until apples are very soft. Stir apples with fork until desired consistency. Serve warm or store in a sealed container in your refrigerator and serve cold. You can put the applesauce into individual containers and they are great for lunches.
You can add sugar and/or cinnamon or other spices to your apples as they cook if you choose, but I find the apples are usually naturally sweet on their own especially if you use the sweeter apples (Honeycrisp, Fuji, Gala, Braeburn).
I hope you will trying making your own applesauce. Once you see how easy it is, how good it tastes and how frugal it is, I know you’ll want to make more. I’d love to hear how it turned out.
Until next time – live simply and love abundantly! Grace and peace…