It’s apple season! Incase you haven’t already noticed. Apples are abundant everywhere, which also makes them delicious and cheap! We have made the rounds, frequenting several of the local apple orchards around town, picking up apples at each one. They just taste SO much better than the apples you can buy at the grocery stores. So sweet, and juicy! It’s like a totally different food. When apples are plentiful, we like to make homemade applesauce! My boys love to eat applesauce, so it’s a frequent snack and side dish around here.
Making it on your own is extremely easy, and the best part about it is you can adjust the ingredients to exactly how your family likes your sauce! Want it loaded with cinnamon? Want it a little on the tart side? Do you prefer a chunky consistency? You can tailor this basic recipe and find your favorite.
My friend, Katie, gave me an awesome tip…she said she buys the slightly imperfect apples from the orchards to make her applesauce. They will sell them to you for a highly discounted price, so you can get loads of apples for not a lot of cash! Genius I tell ya. I tried that this go round, and honestly, the “imperfect” apples I got were barely even bruised! They were in great condition, and tasted amazing.
I love using this apple peeler any time I make things that require slicing apples. We even use it for snacking on apples because eating apples in spiral shapes is just more fun! If you don’t have one of these, and don’t want another kitchen gadget, you can definitely just slice the apples the old fashioned way, but I don’t think you would regret pulling the trigger on one of these gizmos. They are super handy to have around!
I am sure some people have a strong preference on which variety of apples make the best sauce. Personally, I am not that picky. I do prefer a sweeter sauce, so I don’t use Granny Smith, but other than that, I just use whatever apples are available, sometimes even mixing and matching varieties. This particular time I used Golden Delicious. I asked the lady at the orchard and she recommended them, so I took her word for it!
Speaking of kitchen gadgets, I am using my Instant Pot for this recipe. If you don’t already have an Instant Pot, I don’t know how you function. Honestly. It’s been such a fabulous device and I can’t remember what I did without it! You can of course cook the apples the old fashioned way, but that will take you a really long time, and you might set off a tantrum from one of your famished kids who are so hungry they could eat their own arms. To avoid any expensive emergency room bills, you should really just invest in the Instant Pot. You won’t be sorry!
8-10 medium size apples (about 3 pounds), peeled and sliced
1/4 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
pinch of salt
honey to taste (optional)
Place peeled/sliced apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, water, and salt in the Instant Pot. Cover and turn the dial to “seal”. Choose the manual mode for 5 minutes. The apple peeler makes fairly thin slices, so if you are slicing your own apples, you may need to add a couple of extra minutes to the cook time. Once it is finished cooking, let the pressure release naturally. This should take about 15 minutes. With an immersion blender, blend the apples until they are the desired consistency. You could also use a potato masher, for a chunkier consistency. I have also put them into a blender and had great results. So many options, but I have found the immersion blender to be the easiest…one less pot to clean! Taste and add honey or additional spices if desired.
Keep applesauce sealed in the refrigerator and it should keep for about a week or two.
So, now the big question…do you favor your applesauce hot or cold?