This is a great recipe for those of you who want to make applesauce, but don’t have lots of fancy gadgets at home.
All you need is a pot, a knife, and an apple corer (ok, so maybe there is one little gadget, but you should be able to find it at your local grocery store for just a few bucks).
The secret to applesauce, without any extra tools, is to peel the apples before cooking.
A lot of recipes leave the skins on when cooking the apples, but then the sauce needs to be run through a food mill or popped into a food processor when done cooking. This wasn’t going to work for me, since my family and I haven’t quite moved into our house yet and are still living a very minimalistic lifestyle.
Making applesauce this way will definitely result in a chunkier-style applesauce (which I love). If you prefer a smooth, velvety applesauce then you’ll have to forget everything I just said and finish this off with a fancy tool.
Either way, homemade applesauce is too delicious not to make this time of the year. It’s also a great way to welcome the fall weather that will soon be headed our way, all while making your kitchen smell insanely amazing.
So tell me… are you a chunky or smooth applesauce lover? Have any tips of your own when it comes to making homemade applesauce? I’d love to hear from you guys down in the comments below!
- 3 lbs. apples the sweeter the apple the better
- 1.5 cups apple cider no added sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- A big slice of lemon peel
- Peel, core, and cut apples into hearty chunks (about 8 pieces).
- Place apples, cider, cinnamon and lemon peel into a medium to large heavy bottom pot. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for 25-35 minutes, stirring occasionally to help break down the apples.
- Shut off the heat and use the back of a wooden spoon to break down apples to desired consistency. Store in airtight containers in the fridge.
- Makes 4 cups.