This is apple season. I’d love to have my own apple trees, but since I don’t, I’ll do the next best thing: buy cheap apples at the store. This week I picked up 3.5 pounds of apples marked down to 1.99. They weren’t the best, but they were perfect for making applesauce.
Have you ever wondered how to make homemade applesauce? My mom made applesauce when I was little, and it was always really good; a lot better than store-bought. This is basically how she makes applesauce.
First, cut the apples in fourths and remove the cores and seeds. Put them into a large pot, cover them just barely with water, and cook them until they are falling apart. For me, this took about 40 minutes.
Then run all of the apples and liquid through a Foley’s food mill. My mom got me one at a garage sale for .50, and I have already used it for apples and tomatoes. It’s really nice because it easily gets off all the skins.
Throw away (or compost) what is left in the mill, and you will be left with just a pan of sauce. I added about 1/4 cup of brown sugar (my mom adds white sugar, and more than that, but others don’t add sugar at all. Just depends on the taste you want and the nutrition level you’re after). I added some red hots as well for a cinnamon flavor and a pretty pink color.
If you don’t have a food mill, just peel your apples before cooking. Then instead of putting them through the mill (hey – I just realized where that saying comes from!), just mash them with a potato masher.
I just cooked it all a bit longer (I might not have even needed to, but it made the house smell so good!). Refrigerate, although it probably won’t last too long …