Apple season is in full swing and we have been eating our fill of fresh crisp apples. We are so in love with apples this time of year that we ordered a 20lb organic apple sampler from Happy Girl Kitchen’s Food Preservationist’s offering. We didn’t quite realize how many apples 20lbs would be. It is A LOT!
Needless to say, we won’t go through them all quickly enough with the “apple a day” approach. Yesterday, I decided to make apple sauce for the first time ever with some of them.
I looked at a bunch of different recipes on the internet and ended up combining a couple techniques. I was surprised at how easy it was and how delicious fresh apple sauce is, especially still warm from the cooking process! I’m pretty pleased and will definitely be making more soon. I divided up this batch leaving half plain (which I froze into silicon molds for future use) and adding a little brown sugar and cinnamon to the other half for snacking. I love the warm, earthy flavors of cinnamon and brown sugar.
Here’s what I did…
- Organic apples (I used a combination of Gala, Fuji, Braeburn and Jonagold)
- squeeze of lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons of water
- spices if desired (I used brown sugar and cinnamon. Others ideas are cardamom or ginger)
Core and roughly dice all of the apples (skin on). Put cut apple into a pot, add a couple tablespoons of water and a squeeze of lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Then cover and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes until apples are tender. The time will depend on how many apples you are cooking. I had about 14 varying size apples and it took 30 minutes. Remove the cover and continue cooking to evaporate any excess liquid. Once the liquid is almost all evaporated you’ll want to add any spices or sugar if desired. I wanted both plain and spiced apple sauce. So I took half the mixture and put it in a smaller pot and continued to cook until all the excess moisture was gone.
Next, use a high powered blender or a food mill to smooth out the sauce. We have a Vitamix, a very powerful blender and one of my most used kitchen tools these days, so I used that. I first blended the plain sauce, and then followed with the spiced one. If you use a blender make sure it is vented as the mixture will release a lot of steam.
Then voila, you have amazing homemade apple sauce!