Homemade Applesauce

With fall comes harvest. Our favorite fruit to harvest in the fall is APPLES! With the fall harvest of apples comes homemade applesauce. I ...

With fall comes harvest. Our favorite fruit to harvest in the fall is APPLES! With the fall harvest of apples comes homemade applesauce. I like to make this and freeze it so we have some during the winter. It is far and above better than applesauce that is store bought. This is also a great project to do as a family.
I always like to employ free labor when I can :)
 First you want to get a box of apples. I travel to a nearby town to a produce stand that gets their apples by the bin from Hood River in Oregon which is known for its apple farms. I like to use golden delicious apples because they are on the sweeter side but you can use any variety that you prefer. 

Step 1
 Wash apples in a water bath with apple cider vinegar.




Step 2
Core, peel and cut up apples into chunks. I have an apple, peeler, corer slicer that I use

This makes it so much easier!!!
You can get this amazing gadget here
Apple, Peeler, Corer, Slicer 
 Well worth the money I paid for it.

This wonderful gadget peels, cores and slices the apples for you. 
See how easy!
Step 3
Put apples in a large pot with some water. I put 1 1/2 cups of water in the pot. Do not add too much water because as the apples breakdown and cook they will release their own water and juices. You don't want soupy applesauce. 
Step 4 
Turn the heat up to medium and the apples will begin to cook. You will want to stir the pot of apples once in a while to keep the apples from burning. As the apples cook they will begin to break down and become mushy. I like to add some sugar to sweeten the pot and you can add as little or as much as you want. Continue to stir once in a while as the apples cook down. In the photo below
you can see the apples as they cook down and become saucy. I also like to add cinnamon which is the last thing I do before turning off the burner.
 Step 5
I like to put my applesauce in the freezer as it is the easiest to store and requires no prep work. I wait until the applesauce is cool and then spoon it into gallon size freezer bags, label with a date and put it in the freezer. This allows me to store it flat which takes up less room in my freezer.



So there you have it! 
Homemade applesauce for eating a la carte
or for those recipes that you would rather use applesauce instead of oil.



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