We absolutely love apples and usually have a bushel or two around! One of the easiest ways to use up your apples, is by making delicious homemade applesauce. Only five ingredients are needed for this yummy applesauce, and no added sugar! If you have a sweet tooth, you could always add a little to suit your tastes. But I think many of you will be surprised how sweet your applesauce will be just on it's own!
Applesauce is such a perfect snack. It has such a fresh, sweet flavor, that can put you in such a good mood! We love to make this recipe using Ida Reds, which is one of our favorite apples. Use your favorite apples, or even mix a couple different varieties together to make a really yummy applesauce! Let's get right to the recipe:
Homemade Apple Sauce10 Apples, peeled & sliced
2 TBS Lemon Juice (more to taste)
2 Small Cinnamon Sticks, or one larger stick
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Cup Water
First, peel & slice your apples. We like to us an apple peeler, corer, & slicer, which makes this go incredibly quickly. If you have chickens, save the peels for them! Place all of your apples into a pot on your stove, pour in the water, add the cinnamon sticks (poke them down to the bottom for the best flavor!), sprinkle in the salt, and squirt in the lemon juice. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and let it cook for about a half hour, then stir. Cook for another half hour, and your apples should be getting soft. Grab a potato masher, and mash the apples down. Let them cook for another half hour, remove the cinnamon sticks, and mash for one final time. You can mash them as much or as little as your prefer, depending on the consistency you like.
If you really enjoy a cinnamon flavor, you can add a bit more powdered cinnamon to taste. If you have a serious sweet tooth and need to add some sugar, start out with just adding a 1/4 cup of brown or white sugar. Store the extra applesauce in a covered bowl in the fridge.