Growing up I would follow my nose into the kitchen only to see my mom finishing the touches of homemade applesauce. She’d serve it up warm from and it would warm our bellies and hearts. There’s nothing like the smell of apples cooking!! One fall we went apple picking and I had excessive amounts of apples. I made apple butter (another Smith family favorite) which no one in my small family liked, I made apple pie, apple crisp – and then it occurred to me to make applesauce! It’s a great item to freeze as well – freeze it in small serving containers or even Ziploc bags. Serve it up in lunch boxes or as a side with dinner. Use it to make applesauce muffins!
I use an old fashioned food mill to puree the apples. You can use a food proceesor or stick blender, though I think the consistency will be a little different. You’ll spend time peeling and coring the apples if using the blender. Or spend time with the food mill but you don’t have to peel the apples (the food mill will keep the peels out of the sauce). Either way you’ll have delicious apple sauce at the end of the day!
Makes about 5 cups
2 lbs apples
½ cup sugar
1-2 tsp cinnamon
dash of salt (optional)
1. If using a food mill – core the apples (I use an apple corer – one of my favorite inexpensive kitchen items). If using a blender, peel and core the apples. Place apples in pot and fill halfway with water. Cover with lid and steam apples for 20 minutes or until apples are soft to the touch.
2. Remove apples with soup ladle and drain mostly but catch a little of the water from the apples and place into food mill or blender to puree.
3. Add a touch of water from the apples to get the right consistency. Be careful not to add too much water.
4. Put pureed apples into bowl. Add sugar and cinnamon. My kids love to be “tasters” so adjust seasonings to your taste. Enjoy!