Applesauce is a delicious, healthy, and versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a snack, dessert, or even a side dish with your meal. Making applesauce at home is very easy and requires only a few ingredients and tools. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to make homemade applesauce.
- 6-8 medium-sized apples
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- Large pot
- Wooden spoon
- Potato masher or immersion blender
- Glass jars with lids for storage
- Choose your apples: Any variety of apple can be used to make applesauce, but some popular choices are Gala, Honeycrisp, or Granny Smith. Make sure the apples are ripe, firm, and free of any bruises or blemishes. You’ll need about 6-8 medium-sized apples to make 2 cups of applesauce.
- Prepare the apples: Wash the apples thoroughly under running water and pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel. Peel the apples using a peeler or a knife. You can leave the peels on if you prefer a chunkier texture and more fiber in your applesauce. Cut the apples into quarters and remove the cores and seeds.
- Cook the apples: In a large pot, add the chopped apples, 1/2 cup of water, and 1/4 cup of white sugar (optional) and 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional) if you like a sweet, spiced applesauce. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the apples are soft and mushy.
- Mash or blend the apples: Once the apples are cooked, you can use a potato masher or an immersion blender to puree the apples to your desired consistency. If you prefer a chunky applesauce, use a potato masher to mash the apples. For a smoother applesauce, use an immersion blender to blend the apples until smooth.
- Store the applesauce: Transfer the applesauce to glass jars with lids and let them cool completely before storing in the fridge. Homemade applesauce can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- You can adjust the sweetness and spiciness of the applesauce to your liking by adding more or less sugar or cinnamon.
- If you don’t have a potato masher or an immersion blender, you can also use a fork to mash the apples.
- Homemade applesauce can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Simply transfer the cooled applesauce to a freezer-safe container and freeze until ready to use.
In conclusion, making homemade applesauce is a simple and easy process that requires only a few ingredients and tools. With a little bit of effort, you can enjoy delicious, healthy, and preservative-free applesauce whenever you like. So, give it a try and impress your friends and family with your culinary skills!