Sunday, December 15, 2013
How to make your own applesauce
You love applesauce, your kids love applesauce, you HATE paying the price for applesauce! You hate the fact that it is full of chemicals! You hate having that 1/2 container go bad before you can use it!
What do you need?
1-2 apples per person
1 inch water in the bottom of your pan. Enough to steam your apples.
1 medium sauce pan - with lid is better, but not necessary.
Potato peeler- optional
Paring knife - or apple corer
Hand stick blender - optional
Teaspoon of lemon juice - optional
First, clean your apples. Wash them. Rinse them. Clean them real well.
Next, you can either peel them or leave the peels on. Your choice.
Core the apples, leave as much of the apple as possible. If you have a stick blender, the only thing you really need to remove is the seeds.
Now, slice, chop, grate, whatever, just get them into small pieces into your pan. A grater works real well for this. or a food processor. I am just not into a big mess to clean up afterwards.
Add your water to the pan. And the lemon juice. (This is to keep them from turning too brown.) The brown won't hurt you at all. The lemon juice just stops that.
Cook your apples on a medium heat until really soft and mushy.
Now, you can either use a blender, mixer, hand blender, food processor, potato masher, or just the back of a large spoon to really mush up and mix your apples.
If you want to sweeten your applesauce,start with a couple of teaspoons of sugar or honey. Sweeten to taste. I prefer mine unsweetened. You can also add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon here.
Pour into a large enough bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and chill. (Or serve hot)
This can also be frozen with no problem.