This recipe is fairly easy to follow and you can use whichever apple varieties you like best. Add cinnamon and nutmeg for more of an apple pie taste and you have an easy dessert in no time. It's also great for breakfast and for use in other recipes.
Washington State is known for its apple orchards and is a national leader in apple production, so it may come as no surprise that a lot of Washingtonians have apple trees even if they are not an apple orchard. We have a few apple trees in our yard that are great for a quick and nutritious snack in the summer or for making apple sauce and other apple recipes.
Our cows love them too. I pick up the apples that fall on the ground and take them to our cows. They are the best treats! Our cows love their fruits and vegetables. Besides apples, they like corn cobbs, corn husks, watermelon rinds, pears and a lot of other things from our garden. For more about that, click here.
My family loves to can fruits and vegetables every summer and I learned how to do this a few years ago. If you know how to can or want to learn, you can make this applesauce recipe and then can it. Make sure all the jars seal after they come out of the pressure canner/water bath.
What you'll need...
- Several pounds of apples (I usually use about 10 pounds of multiple varieties of apple, but you can use your favorites and as big of a batch as you'd like)
- Brown sugar (amount will vary depending on preference)
- White sugar (amount will vary depending on preference)
- 1 cup water (may require more depending on how much you are making)
- Lemon juice
- Optional: nutmeg and cinnamon
- Something to peel apples with (you can use a carrot peeler, but I have a separate device that is pictured below that peels, cores and slices apples
- Large pot to cook apple sauce in
- Blender to puree applesauce
How to make it...
- Peel, core and slice apples into smaller pieces
- Place all apple pieces in a large pot with 1 cup of water
- Add a small amount of lemon juice (Usually just a tablespoon or two to prevent apples from turning brown)
- Once it begins to resemble somewhat of an applesauce-like consistency, add equal parts white and brown sugar to taste. Start with a small amount and gradually increase until it is to your liking. Apples vary in sweetness each year, so you may have to adjust the amount of sugar from year to year)
- Continue to cook down until you have a smoother consistency
- Stir throughout the process to prevent any applesauce from sticking to the bottom of the pan
- If you want chunky applesauce, you can skip this step. For smooth applesauce, cool mixture and place in the blender.
- Once it's the consistency you want, add cinnamon and nutmeg if you'd like. I didn't do that for the batch pictured but have with other batches in the past.
Note: the pink color of the applesauce in the photos comes from using a lot of Rome apples mixed with some other varieties