Have you and your family gone apple picking yet? If you have, I bet you have more apples than you know what to do with. Apple season here on our farm means one thing! I get to make homemade applesauce….and a lot of it. Applesauce is one of the EASIEST things to make! There is nothing like freshly made applesauce – especially if they are made from the apples we grow here on our farm. Okay, I’m a little biased but homemade applesauce made with any freshly picked apple is delicious. I like to think of homemade applesauce as the yummy apple pie filling without the unhealthy crust. You know, all of the flavor…none of the guilt! My quick and easy applesauce takes only 20 minutes to cook! It’s a real time-saver on a busy weeknight!
I like a chunky applesauce so once the sauce is finished cooking, I coarsely mash the applesauce with a potato masher. If I could give you one more suggestion, use a variety of different apples. It adds more depth to the flavor and makes the applesauce taste that much better. And the way it makes the kitchen smells when cooking is heavenly.
- 4 pounds of mixed variety apples (about 9)
- 1/8 cup sugar (optional)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup water
- Peel, core and dice 4 pounds of mixed variety apples.
- Add to apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon to a medium pot. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes until bubbly. Stir occasionally.
- When apples are done cooking, use a potato masher to coarsely mash the apples.
- Serve warm or cold.
- Applesauce can be kept in refrigerator for up to one week or frozen in air-tight container for 6 months.
A few notes:
- Fresh applesauce can be stored in your refrigerator for up to one week or frozen in an air-tight container six month.
- Adding sugar is optional. Sometimes, if your apples are really sweet, you won’t need to add any at all. Let the apples start to cook down before adding the sugar and then taste test the sauce. If you feel it needs a little sweetness, then add the sugar.
Apples are at the peak of their season right now, so head on out to your local farm to pick some fall beauties or hit up your local farm market and stock up. You can also purchase second quality apples for a bargain. They have bumps and bruised but are perfect for cooking and baking. Fresh picked apples store well too in the refrigerator, or cooler location like a basement or garage.
I hope you try this Quick and Easy Applesauce at home. Happy fall and happy eating! Enjoy!