Monday, September 30, 2013

Spectacular Homemade Applesauce


Whether your an infant or an adult we love applesauce! It's a comforting treat we like to enjoy in the fall, for holidays, and even as a late night snack. But why buy applesauce when it's so easy to make? With a few pantry ingredients and some fresh apples, you are all set for a homey recipe. 

This recipe shows you how to take those few pantry ingredients and some fresh apples and to make 64 ounces of homemade yumminess. Serve it warm or cold and pairs nicely with a meal or eaten as a dessert. Perfect for holidays, special occasions, kids, elderly, or a late night snack. Enjoy all the above and give as a gift for a loving gesture. You can't go wrong with this recipe. 

Spectacular Homemade Applesauce
(Yields 64ounces)

Ingredients 

18 to 20 cups (3 pounds) apples, such as Honey Crisps, Gala, and/or your favorite apple of choice
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (1 large orange)
1/2 cup apple cider
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon fresh orange zest
3 tablespoons brown sugar (optional, depending on apples sweetness)
1/2 cinnamon stick
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch salt 

Directions

Peel, core, and chunk apples.





In a large pot, combine apples, juices, seasonings, and water. 




Bring mixture to a boil over high. Once boiling, reduce heat to low to medium low and simmer until apples are very soft and falling apart, 30 to 40 minutes. Stirring as needed. Remove the cinnamon stick and mash the cooked sauce with a potato masher or pulse in a food processor until smooth.


Let cool, then transfer applesauce to airtight containers. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!



-Amy