So, in an effort to save the apples from going bad and being thrown out, I decided to try my hand at applesauce. When I learned how simple it is to make my own without all of the preservatives that come along with the store bought versions, I decided this was the way to go.
When my boys tried my homemade applesauce for the first time, all they did was rave about how they liked it so much more than the "usual" kind. Now this is our usual! I make a double batch and end up with four pints of applesauce to last us a few weeks.
Makes about 2 pints
- 5 lbs apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cinnamon sticks (or 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon if you prefer)
- pinch of salt
Add all ingredients to a stockpot over medium heat. Cook until apples become very soft (about one hour). Allow apples to cool to room temperature. Place apples and water in a blender (in batches if you need to) and pulse to desired consistency.
Pour applesauce into glass jars and store in the refrigerator.