I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We went to my parents house across the state and it was so wonderful to spend some quality time with my family. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, it always brings the family together and it is centered around food! You can’t beat that. I am polishing off my leftovers and it is time to get back in the kitchen to work on some new recipes for y’all. To go along with my apple themed recipes, I am sharing one of my favorite feel good treats … applesauce! It is so easy to make yourself and you can control what goes into it. Pre-made applesauce has so much added sugar which is totally unnecessary. As I said with the apple butter, apples have so much natural sugar you honestly don’t have to add any sugar. Just a few seasonings and you are good to go!
As far as the types of apples you want to use, it is the same as for apple butter. You want soft, sweet apples. The difference with applesauce is that some people like it chunky (me included) and some people like it smooth. If you like things on the chunky side, mix in a lot of different apple varieties. They will all cook down at slightly different speeds, so you will have some chunks! Here is a list of my favorite apples:
- Mutsu (Crispin)
- Northern Spy
- Golden delicious
- Jona gold
- Pink Lady
- Ida Red
You can store your applesauce right in the fridge or put it in the freezer. You can also can applesauce if that suits your fancy. I normally put it in the fridge and freezer and it is gobbled up before I know it.
- ½ bushel apples (peeled, cored, and chopped)
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground clove
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- Combine all ingredients into a large stock pot on stove.
- Cook over medium low heat for about 30 minutes (until apples begin to break down and look like, well, applesauce!)
- Optional: if you like your applesauce smooth, use an immersion blender (or transfer applesauce in batches into a stand blender) to puree the applesauce.