Homemade Applesauce

As you saw yesterday, I got a TON of wonderful produce this week in my CSA. I had a heads up on the contents of my box ahead of time, so I knew I had apples on the way. I decided that I would try something I had never done before…

…I would try to make my own applesauce!

Seriously, if I had known how easy making applesauce is, I would’ve started doing it ages ago. It was a snap, and if you’ve never done it, I suggest you give it a try.

First, you get some apples…check.

Then you peel and core them.

Hopefully, you won’t have accidentally slammed your peeler/corer underneath a pot while washing dishes…

Once everything is peeled and cored, you chop up the apples, toss them into a pot with 3/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, a tablespoon of lemon juice and a liberal amount of cinnamon. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-30 minutes. Then turn off the heat, grab a potato masher and go to town.

You will wind up with something like this. Mm. Apple-y goodness!

Serve hot or cold. Since I had already had my fair share of pumpkin brownies prior to making my sauce, I opted for just a taste before I put it away. So good! I am never buying applesauce at the supermarket again!

Have you ever made your own apple sauce?

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9 Responses to Homemade Applesauce

  1. Kristen says:

    I followed your post from sparkpeople. That looks really good.

  2. That looks so good! I also have a surplus of apples thanks to my CSA. Applesauce may be in my future.

    • girlinchucks says:

      I would definitely recommend it. It’s a good thing to do if you have a surplus of apples. I didn’t have tons, but I’ve had apples in the last couple of CSA boxes and I’ve tried to actually use them in recipes vs. just eating them. Not that there’s anything wrong with a plain apple for a snack, but I’ve been trying to push my cooking boundaries with my new produce.

      I wish my co-worker and I hadn’t eaten it all on Friday….I’m having a hankering again!

  3. maya says:

    Applesauce is fantastic and very simple. I have been making my own since moving here, as it is not available commercially without hitting the expensive import stores. I mostly use it to bake with, so I usually go the super simple route and cook small batches peel-on in the microwave with some water, and then toss it in the blender. I haven’t made a spiced up version for straight eating in a while, but when I do I love it thick & chunky. Yum.

  4. I make apple sauce in a similar way. It puts the jarred stuff to shame doesn’t it? I have a wonderful recipe for slab apple cake that my grandma used to make all the time. If you want me to share a link, let me know.

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