Updated: Feb 15, 2019
Apples are so delicious, and so good for us. Antioxidants, fiber, vitamins A and C, all that good stuff. But eating apples often can get boring... sometimes we just need to switch it up! Why not try changing up your fruit intake with some yummy homemade applesauce? It's so easy, takes literally 2 ingredients (if water even counts as one), and it's free of preservatives. What could be better? Well, maybe mixing in your favorite flavor of Charlotte's Choice granola for a complete and wholesome breakfast? Count me in!
Now I'm not going to give you a whole long backstory, describing some dilemma I had with store-bought applesauce and how I decided to try making it myself, and discovered how simple it is, or talk about how much my husband and kids love it and how it doesn't even last a week, so I have to make it almost constantly... because that's been done... by almost every blog and every recipe post I've ever read. Yes, I get that it's supposed to be relatable and whatnot, but when I'm looking for a recipe, I don't want to keep scrolling... and scrolling... and scrolling to find it. I want to make that food right then because I am hungry, and ain't nobody got time to read a novel first! So without further ado, here is how to make Homemade Applesauce.
All you need is a bunch of apples (how many depends on how much you want to make), a bit of water, a knife, a cutting board (and really you don't even need that... but if you damage your counter-tops, don't come blaming me!) a big pot with a lid, a stove, a spoon, and a blender or food processor.*
Okay, that seems like a lot, but when you think about it, you really just need apples and cookware. Pretty simple.
First cut up the apples. I used 8 Gala apples when I made some yesterday, and it made about 2 1/2 lbs of applesauce. It doesn't really matter how you cut them, as long as you get rid of the core and seeds. They'll be cooked and blended into oblivion anyway, so the shape you cut them into doesn't matter. You also don't have to peel them if you don't want to. I'd actually recommend leaving the peels on because that's where a lot of the nutrients are (plus it makes a pretty reddish color if you're using red apples)!
Next, fill the bottom of the pot with water. I didn't measure it, but it was probably about 1/2 a cup of water - just enough to keep the apples from sticking on the bottom and to help create steam. Put the apple pieces in and cover with the lid.
Cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring every couple minutes to make sure all the apple pieces get evenly cooked.
Once all the pieces are completely soft, turn off the stove and move the pot to another burner. Let it cool a little before processing/blending. Depending on how much you're making, it may not all fit in the food processor or blender, so just do 1/2 or 1/3 at a time. Be careful not to blend for more than 15-20 seconds or so, unless you want it to be really thin like baby food. If you want it really chunky, blend for a shorter amount of time - maybe 5-10 seconds.
Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week, or in the freezer for a month or so.
*If you want to add some kind of additional flavor, like cinnamon or honey or something, you can add it either while cooking (once the apples have started to get soft) or mix it in after blending. Just add to taste.
And that's it! You can eat some right away if you like it warm, or you can store it in the fridge for a while and let it cool off before tasting it. And you can eat it by itself or mix in cereal, granola (hint hint)... other fruit pieces maybe? It's up to you!