Making homemade applesauce is a great way to use your apples at harvest time when the supply is abundant. Using a couple of different varieties will produce an applesauce with great flavor. Shown below are the easy steps to making applesauce.
- Wash, core, and cut the apples into wedges. Do not peel.
- Place the apple wedges in a large pot, leaving approximately one inch at the top to allow apples to rise after they begin to cook.
- Pour apple cider over apples, they do not need to be completely covered.
- Cover and cook on high until boiling; then turn down to medium. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until soft.
- You can stir the apples once or twice during the cooking time.
- When they are done, remove them from the burner and begin processing the apples. The apples can also be processed in a food mill or forced through a metal sieve or colander.
- As you press the apples through the sides to create the puree to make the applesauce the peelings will remain inside the sieve as the applesauce is forced out the sides.
- When all the apples have been processed, stir the sauce until it is evenly mixed with the juices.
- Taste test the applesauce, if it is not as sweet as you like it you can add more sugar until it is the desired sweetness.
If you don't have your own apples for applesauce or other apple recipes
, they can be found in abundance at farmer's markets, apple orchards, and your local food store.