“Best”. I know that’s pretty bold, but this applesauce is just that good. After eating the first spoonful I nearly fell to the floor in tears. Where has this applesauce been my entire life? The recipe is pretty basic with just apples, sugar, cinnamon and a little bit of lemon juice. You can have this in your belly in about 15 minutes which adds bonus points to the process. After I made this applesauce I’m finding it hard to ever go back to the jarred version, it’s just so rich and fresh. After you eat it, life will be better. You will start to smile more, you will dance a little bit, you will pick up your pets and hug them, you will yell to your neighbor who you never talked to across the street “Have a great day beautiful!”. It’s that good.
I made this applesauce with my nifty new toy, my Weston food strainer. It’s life changing. It peels, core sand deseeds for you, I love it dearly. Food mill if you are reading this, I love you. I bought it specifically for tomato season since every single year I question why I don’t have one, so I bit the bullet and bought it on Amazon on Saturday night and Monday morning at 8AM the Fedex man buzzed up and told me it was here. How did it get here so quick? So I did what you would expect me to do with a food mill I bought specifically for tomatoes, I made applesauce. I could not resist myself! I have a million (ok not that many, but alot) ideas on what to do with it next! There’s blueberry jam, mashed potatoes (I heard these are the best with the food strainer) and so many tomato inspired recipes! The strainer makes everything taste “smoother”, I’m head in heels IN LOVE with it.
In this recipe I included the instructions for a food strainer and without. If you’ve never used a food strainer and often make sauces, jams, baby food or juices, this is going to save you so much time! Use whatever kind of apples you want for this recipe. I used Red Delicious but in my opinion it’s hard to find a apple that doesn’t work for applesauce.
Things you can do with applesauce:
Eat plain. (my favorite way!)
Throw fruits on top, like blueberries (yum) or strawberries.
Add to your meatloaf, it makes it extra moist.
Bake with it – brownies and cookies especially!
Add it to your smoothie. (Additionally, you can freeze applesauce in ice cube trays too!)
Add to your oatmeal.
Peanut butter and applesauce sandwich!
I cannot wait to go apple picking this Fall!
- 4 apples (any kind) - quartered
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- Cut your apples into quarters. (If you are not using a food strainer, peel and core them.)
- Steam your apples on the stove until soft (about 15 minutes). Drain.
- Process apples through food strainer. I like to run the apple peels through twice. If you are not using a food strainer, mash your apples with a fork.
- Add sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice and stir around.
- Serve immediately or put into refrigerator to chill.
- This makes 1 cup applesauce.
Start out with you apples quartered. I was hoarding these apples to stay fresh in the fridge for much longer than I would like to admit. Applesauce, you saved the day!
I’m left with 2 parts after I use the food strainer:
1. The strainer peels and cores it for you. Isn’t it amazing? And I have to say that the strainer does a better job at using much more of the apple if I was doing it by hand instead. I will compost these peels.