I made applesauce for the first time this past weekend.
Can someone please explain to me why I never did this before?
It was so good!
We have an apple tree in our yard that produces edible apples. I don’t know what kind of apples they are for sure, but I think they are Macintosh.
They usually have some spots or something on them, so finding some for eating is sometimes a challenge.
But last year my dad picked a bunch of them and made an apple pie.
This year my husband picked some with the kids.
There were quite a few, but most of them had spots that needed to be cut off. I didn’t feel like making an apple pie because that’s too much work. So I Googled applesauce, and used a recipe from Allrecipes.com.
You only needed 4 things:
It was so easy, and it was SO GOOD.
I had 3 apples from the grocery store that were not great for eating. They were a little mushy and grainy but I didn’t want to chuck them. They were perfect for this.
I peeled all the apples from our tree and the three from the store and cut them into cubes.
The recipe I used called for:
- 4 apples
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
I (sort of) doubled that. I didn’t really know how many apples I had, plus some of them were very small.
I used all the apples, 1 1/2 cups water, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and about 3/8 cup sugar.
I know some people add lemon juice, but I didn’t do that.
I dumped everything into a saucepan, brought it to a boil, and then turned it on low and covered it for about 30 minutes.
Then I mashed it with a potato masher and put it in a mason jar.
IT WAS SO EASY.
Number 4 begged to test it.
She loved it.
So did everyone else.
I had to stop them from eating it. They took some to school for lunch the next day, and it was all gone in less than 24 hours.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to make any using my own apples again this year — I’m not sure if we have enough — but I’m definitely going to make this often, and right now there are really good Ginger Gold apples at Costco for $1.29/lb, so I’m going to buy a a whole bunch and also see how it freezes.
I’m going to get myself one of these apple peelers (affiliate) to cut down on the peeling time in the future.
If you haven’t made your own applesauce before, give it a try. The kids can definitely help out, and I promise you won’t be disappointed!