I completely forgot how much I LOVE homemade applesauce!! AND how simple it is to make!! When my kids were small and I was a stay at home mom I used to can (or jar depending on your location!) fruits and veggies quite often!
I also forgot how I made it, or even if there was a recipe somewhere in my collection!!!
You really don’t need a recipe tho, it’s just apples, sugar and some spices.
AND you can make applesauce year round as apples are always available!! Stovetop or crockpot.
There are just a few simple little things to keep in mind. Add a little sugar at a time, the amount of sugar you will use depends on the TYPES of apples you use. Some apples are sweeter than others, and some are….well kinda tart!
Honestly, I don’t get hung up on the apple selection, I just buy whatever apples might be on sale or look the best.
Another thing to remember is that some apples are softer than others so if you are going to use various types of apples, you will need to know ahead of time which will cook up quicker than the others.
Again, I don’t get hung up on the apples. I just buy a bag and cook them.
I start with about 8 apples.
Give your apples a good wash; then core, peel and cut your apples into equal chunks. Place the cut apples in a large pot. You can add a little water if you want, or apple cider/juice would work too. But I like my applesauce to be thick so I may only put about 1-2 tablespoons of water in with the apples.
Add about 1/2 cup sugar and bring to a very low simmer. You can cover the pot if you want but remember that will add a little more moisture from the trapped steam. I do cover mine but I’m careful not to let it all run back in the apples when I check the sauce.
Check on your apples a lot, when the apples start to get a little soft give it taste test and add more sugar if you want. It really depends on how sweet you like your applesauce to be.
Once your apples are almost tender, add your spices. I add cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves. It’s probably best to start out with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and if you want to add the nutmeg and cloves, try just a dash or two of one, then try the other. If you only want cinnamon, that’s fine. I love the combination of the spices!
Just remember to start with less, you can always add more but you cannot take it out if you add too much!!
Now, when your apples are tender enough to start smashing turn off the heat. I use an immersion blender, one of my favorite kitchen appliances!! If you don’t have one, that’s okay, you can use your blender, just be careful when transferring the hot apples and while blending as it can splash out of the blender!!
When the apples are completely smashed, taste and adjust the sugar and spices while the sauce is still hot and on the stove. As soon as I have the flavor the way I want it, I remove the pot from the stove to cool.
If you are using a crockpot, throw the cut up apples, sugar, spices and the little bit of water in the crock, cover, turn it to low and cook for about 4-6 hours. Please check often and adjust spices and sugar to your taste preference. Then use your blender to smoosh away!!
Refrigerate when the applesauce is cool or follow the proper instructions for canning.
Enjoy the flavors of AUTUMN!!!