I have always wondered how homemade applesauce would compare to store-bought. Until now I have depended on those anemic jars of applesauce for doing low fat baking and then that jar would sit in my fridge until I had to let it go. Eating out of jars just is not much fun as making food yourself. Homemade applesauce is so easy to make, I can not believe I have been missing out on making my own for this long!
I had these beautiful apples in my crisper but life got busy, they were forgotten and got dried out and a bit beaten up. I was all ready to put them in the compost since I didn’t think they would do well being baked but then I got to thinking about making applesauce. I followed Michael Smith’s recipe as a guideline (he would be so proud!) and put into a pot six chopped apples, core-free but with skins on:
The skins will give it a pink hue and add nutritional value. I did not add any sugar at this point, just a little vanilla, half a tsp of cinnamon and a pinch of salt. I added enough water to cover the bottom of the pot but next time I am going to use apple juice. Why not boost that flavour? I put on the lid and cooked on medium low heat for 20 minutes, as suggested. Then the phone rang, as it always does when I am in the kitchen. I turned the heat off and let everything hang out together.
Yup, apple mush! Yum… I let everything cool down for a little while…
Then using the largest and least “fine” blade of my food mill I made a great applesauce with robust texture and zero skins. If you do not have a food mill, remember to peel your apples before cooking and then mash together. I checked the sauce for sweetness and added 1-2 tbsp of brown sugar. It was still warm so it all melted together.
I love how the colour it turned out, thanks to the cinnamon and the red apple peels. Even the flavour was rich and fabulous but still fresh and light. I really appreciated using food that was just going to go to waste to make something delicious with little effort or time. I enjoyed this so much it was my dessert after dinner for days.
Homemade applesauce kicks the jarred stuff out of my fridge forever!