Fall means local apple season, and outside of chomping on the tart globes raw or slicing them up for lunchboxes, one of the easiest ways to make the most of your apples is to make applesauce from scratch.
Easy and delicious, this from scratch recipe will take you no longer than 30 minutes to execute and leave your home smelling like the best part of harvest season.
The great thing about this applesauce from scratch recipe is that you can use the battered and bruised apples that your grocery store may be willing to sell you at a cut rate, or have fallen from your neighbors tree.
Our local grocery sells bags of 10 organic apples for $2.00 after they’ve passed their best quality – that means I made this applesauce for just about $3.00 – bargain!
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Making applesauce from scratch is a really simple process, but you wouldn’t imagine it from the taste after you are done – this tastes better than anything you’ll ever get at the store.
- Our recipe uses no added sugar. You don’t need it – apples are sweet, tart and delicious in their natural form. I repeat sugar is not needed!
- Our how to make applesauce from scratch recipe uses no added salt. You don’t need it either. I tried once adding a pinch of salt to a batch, hoping it would bring out more of the natural flavors – wrong! My kids hated it. No salt required.
- You’ll reduce your use of plastics by making your own and distributing it in glass jars, instead of buying single serving plastic cups. And before you say ‘pack my kids lunches with glass containers?!” Um, yeah. We use the tiny pint sized mason jars you can get anywhere – our kids use them and they are in pre-k, 2nd grade and 3rd grade. Your kids can handle it (and bring them home to reuse)
- This method is way cheaper than buying processed from the store. As I mentioned above, I buy a bruised and battered bag of apples from our grocery store for cheap – you don’t need perfect looking apples, you’re making them into sauce, not still life.
Finally – How to Make Applesauce from Scratch
Gather, clean, peel and chop up approximately 15 apples. Use more or less, it’s not going to affect much.
Put chopped apples in a heavy bottom pot, I use my dutch oven, works like a charm.
Add 3/4 cups of water, 1 tbsp cinnamon, 1 tsp Vanilla. That’s it. NO SUGAR, NO SALT
Cover and heat over medium for 15 minutes, you will boil, that’s good. You will smell awesome stuff, that’s good too.
Uncover and mash a bit with your potato masher just to get things on the path to mushy
Lower the heat, uncover and cook for another 10 minutes or so
Blend like you’ve never blended before. And…. you’re done.
As my daughter would say – Easy peesy lemon squeasy.
Canning Your Applesauce Made from Scratch
Since this recipe doesn’t have any preservatives added, you cant expect it to last over a week in the fridge. If you made a big batch of applesauce, you’d probably be well-served to can some of it and save it for another day.
Our friends over at Simply Canning have an easy to follow method for canning your homemade applesauce, so check it out and let us know how all of this works for you!