Apple season is the perfect time for homemade applesauce. This recipe is simple to make and can be easily tailored to your family’s tastes.
6 pounds apples
1 cup water or apple juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Optional Ingredients: cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar
Core and slice your apples and place in a large pot with the water and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes until the apples are soft.
Run the cooked apples through a food mill fitted with a medium disc. The food mill will puree the apples and strain out any seeds or skins left in the cooked apples. If you don’t have a food mill, you can peel your apples prior to cooking and puree them in a food processor.
Store your applesauce in the refrigerator for several weeks or freeze for longer storage.
If you use sweet apples, you’ll be amazed at how sweet your applesauce will be without adding any additional sugar. If you prefer a sweeter final product you can add between ¼ to ½ cup of brown sugar to the apples prior to cooking. You can also add spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice) to the mixture before cooking. Use approximately 1 teaspoon of spice per batch of applesauce, or to taste.