Applesauce recipe for the young and old!
You are never too old for the fresh taste of applesauce. This is something that took me a few times to master, but it is much more delicious than store bought. Plus, no additives – which is also good for people of all ages!
Whether you are MomMe with a baby who is ready to start solids, have a few kiddos of various ages, or just want to make your family a healthy sweet treat – this recipe is for you.
Something great about apples is that they are always in season. Sure, different apples come and go during the various times of the year, but you can always experiment with different apples. It will give you a different texture, flavor, or both with each kind that you try!
My personal favorite for my homemade applesauce recipe is the golden delicious apples. They provide a smooth texture paired with a nice sweetness without much acidity. But remember you can use virtually ANY apple that you see at the store of your own personal favorite.
Homemade is WORTH IT. The richness, the texture, the tanginess, and the delicious applesauce that you are able to enjoy is completely worth the effort. This recipe can even be canned if you are into that amazing craft.
Your Quest Begins:
- 1 Large stock pot (5 QT.)
- Food processor (something that will puree)
- Water (to fill 5 QT. stock pot)
- Bags or ice cube strays (if freezing any – * which I recommend)
- 5 lb. bag of apples (or less, whatever you want to make!)
* I purchase organic apples for homemade applesauce.
1. Wash apples (vegetable/fruit wash made of one part water, one part vinegar) scrub with vegetable/fruit brush – *this gives me inspiration to write what I know about the dirty dozen – the 12 dirtiest fruits and vegetables that are recommended to be bought organic – stay tuned*
2. Peel (if desired, recommended) & quarter apples (cutting out any bad spots).
3. Place apple sections in large stock pot. Cover with water.
4. Simmer until apple are soft all the way through.
5. Begin putting the apples through the food processor to puree them. (small batches recommended)
6. If you are freezing some, fill the bags or ice cube trays (my favorite way to freeze), seal, and freeze. This keeps for up to 3 months in the freezer.
* I like to add cinnamon to it when serving.
* The apples are naturally sweet, so there is no need to add sugar!
* When taking applesauce out of the freezer, simply place in the refrigerator the night before and enjoy when soft enough to eat!
Have any tips or tried my recipe? Let me know! Thanks for reading as always.