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Sep 25, 2014

Homemade Applesauce

#applesauce #allergyfriendly #dairyfree #glutenfree #vegan Now that I've temporarily moved from the obsessed-with-all-things-pumpkin phase into the apple-everything phase, I thought I'd share with you my recipe for homemade applesauce. I used to buy the biggest container of unsweetened applesauce I could find at the grocery store because our boys eat it like it's going out of style. I bought a 5-pound bag of apples one time thinking they would eat those just as well...unfortunately that is not what happened.

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.

Homemade Applesauce

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.

#applesauce #allergyfriendly #dairyfree #glutenfree #vegan

#applesauce #allergyfriendly #dairyfree #glutenfree #vegan

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